House Plants/Type of Palm

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I don't know the name of my house plant. It has stalks the color of eggplant or deep purple. It's  leaves are large and green on top and the veins are prominent on the bottom..I believe it's a type of Palm. When the leaves grow, they roll out like a cigar. The stalks have been bending, almost cracking in half and an not sure why. How often am I to water it and why are they dying?

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Maria,

The Purple King Palm Tree, scientific name Archontophoenix purpurea,is as you describe but it is a large palm tree and not a small house plant. Whatever your plant is it sounds like you may be watering it too much. I can only identify it properly with a picture. Send one to plantlady6@yahoo.com. Put palm picture in the subject. I will do my best to figure it out.

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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