Florida palm trees are being threatened by an invasive disease. Lethal Bronzing Disease (LBD) or formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD)
Lethal Bronzing is spread to certain palm trees by a plant hopping insect no larger than a grain of rice. Once a tree has been infected the only thing you can do is have it removed.
However, that does not mean your other trees need to suffer. There are preventative measures that can be taken to stop the spread of this disease. Quarterly injections of Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride (OTC-HCl) can be used to prevent Lethal Bronzing.
Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride is an antibiotic used to treat for infections caused by both gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Lethal Bronzing occurs from Phytoplasma bacteria. Phytoplasma are bacteria that have lost their cell wall over time from evolution.
Symptoms for Lethal Bronzing can include premature fruit drop, if the fruit have not set but inflorescences are present, they will become necrotic. The next symptom will be the discoloration of the oldest fronds. This will progress to the newest fronds all the way to the spear leaf. Once the spear leaf has collapsed, the heart of the palm or bud has died.
Lethal Bronzing only affects certain palm tree species such as:
Christmas Palm Pindo Palm
Bismark Palm Carpentaria Palm
Coconut Palm Chinese Fan Palm
Canary Island Date Palm Edible Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm Wild Date Palm
Fiji Fan Palm Buccaneer Palm
Mexican Palmetto Cabbage Palm
Queen Palm Chinese Windmill Palm
We at Lawngevity have been doing our part to prevent this disease ever since it first came to Florida’s coast in 2006. This is no new threat to us and we will do everything we can to keep your palm trees healthy.
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