Majesty Palm

About

I have to admit that a Majesty Palm, sometimes referred to as a Majestic Palm, is not a plant I recommend to those just beginning to care for houseplants. They are a challenge to take care of and are not very forgiving. Majesty Palms, native to Madagascar, do extremely well outdoors in rain forests, swamps, or in tropical areas such as Florida. In nature they can grow as tall as eighty feet. Indoors, a Majesty Palm often struggles to survive and does not do as well as a bamboo palmneanthebella palm, kentia palm, or parlor palm.

Majesty Palm Description

For its size, a Majesty palm, Ravenea Rivularis, is a relatively inexpensive plant with large, feathery, arching green fronds on several stems. Although a slow growing plant, in the proper indoor location, it can grow as tall as 8ft. This palm is a species of tree in the Arecaceae family, not to be confused with the Araceae  family that contains poisonous plants such as the dieffenbachia, Calla Lily, Caladium, and Anthurium.

Quick Care Tips for a Majesty Palm

The proper amount of light, water, humidity, and fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. are four of the key factors that help a majesty palm do well as an indoor plant.

Provide plenty of bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. If you don’t have a spot in your home that has bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and still want a palm, consider a bamboo palm which grows well in much lower light.

Never allow the soil to totally dry out. Unlike a dracaena which forgives you if you forget to water,  a Majesty Palm shows its displeasure by quickly getting brown fronds.

Feed twice a month when your Majesty Palm is actively growing. These are very hungry plants and skimping on fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. results in yellow fronds.

This plant does best in high humidity

Conclusion

Although it looks beautiful when first purchased, a Majesty Palm quickly declines if not properly cared for. The large fronds turn yellow and spider mites find a happy home hidden in the fronds. If you’re not easily frustrated and really want to test your plant skills, check out the detailed plant care tips below and give a Majesty Palm a try.

 

FAQ

I Have a Large (6ft Tall and 3ft Wide) Majesty Palm on My Porch in a Pot. It Gets Really Cold Here in the Winter (Illinois). Can I Store My Majesty Palm in My Heated Garage for the Winter?

Unless your garage has a lot of windows with a Southern exposure, you can’t store your Majesty Palm in a garage for the winter. Majesty Palms must have bright light throughout most of the day.

I Just Bought My First Plant, a Huge Majesty Palm for Only $10.00!! I Have a Water Softener. Can I Use Water That Passes Through a Water Softener to Water My Majesty Palm?

You should never use water that passes through a water softener on any of your houseplants, especially Palms. Water from a softener contains a great deal of salt that damages plant leaves. A Majesty Palm may not be the right choice as a “first plant.” Majesty Palms require quite a bit of care. Don’t get discouraged if your palm doesn’t do well just try a hardier houseplant next time.

Why Are the Tips of the Leaves on My Majesty Palm Tree Turning Brown?

Leaf tippage on a Majesty Palm can be caused by many things: not enough humidity, insufficient magnesium in the fertilizer, too much or not enough water, direct rather than indirect bright light, or simply because it’s a Majesty Palm and it’s not really supposed to be an indoor plant.

Why Are the Fronds (Leaves) on My Indoor Palm Tree Houseplants Turning Yellow?

The fronds of a Majesty Palm turn yellow for many reasons: not enough light, not enough water, or not enough fertilizer. Unlike most houseplants, a Majesty Palm requires an excessive amount of all three.

Why Can’t I Use the Green Solution You Talk About in the Glossary to Get Rid of Spider Mites on My Palms?

The green solution that I recommend for treating houseplant pests contains alcohol. Alcohol burns and discolors the leaves of Palm Trees. Spray warm soapy water on the fronds of your palm Trees to help prevent Spider Mites. Use Neem Oil on your Palm Trees to get rid of the Spider Mites if your Palm Trees becomes infested.