fronds not growing out of palm

we have 3 windmill palms in pots around our pool. The fronds are growing inside the top instead of growing up and out of the top. They are very green, but then turning brown and yellow on the ends, then slowing dying. What do I do? Can I cut the fronds off completely so they do not suffocate inside the palm stalk?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

From this description I can't determine exactly what the problem may be that is causing the leaves of your windmill palm to fail to lengthen properly. Windmill palm is somewhat susceptible to a disease called lethal yellowing, but that usually affects the oldest leaves first, and gradually moves to the youngest ones. Is it possible that insects, such as mealybugs, are feeding on the palm bud in the main stem and causing the the fronds to remain short? Try digging around a bit in the growing point to see if you find cottony masses. If mealybugs are present, treat them with insecticidal soap, horticultural oil or insecticides containing acephate (Orthene).


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