This is a type of pest commonly found in indoor plants like pygmy date palm. It is characterized by small, round, brown or white scales on the plant surfaces. Diminished plant vigor and leaf drop may be signs of infestation. Management includes the manual removal of visible scales, use of insecticidal soap or introducing natural predators such as ladybugs.
These tiny, spider-like pests can cause considerable damage by sucking sap from the plant, leading to yellowing and dropping of leaves. Signs of infestation include fine webbing and a mottled appearance on leaves. Regular, careful washing of leaves can prevent infestations, while severe cases may require the use of miticides.
Often caused by over-watering and poor drainage, root rot is a disease that leads to the softening and darkening of pygmy date palm's roots and reduced plant vigor. Signs include yellowing, wilting leaves and ultimately plant death if left untreated. To prevent it, ensure pygmy date palm is planted in well-draining soil and watered only when needed. If present, affected roots should be pruned away and the plant transferred to fresh, dry soil.