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When it comes to bringing a tropical vibe at home, nothing beats the aura of palm trees. But somehow, not all palms can fit the size of a small house. Luckily, we discovered the majesty palm plant.
This palm, which is almost similar to the areca palm, can grow up to 10 feet tall indoors. Those feathery fronds will surely make a majestic addition to your indoor landscape.
What is Majesty Palm?
Native to Madagascar, majesty palm is an easy-to-grow foliage plant. Despite its relatively bigger size, this palm plant won’t demand as much time and effort for care and maintenance. A member of the Arecaceae family, it’s botanically known as Ravenea rivularis.
Keep reading and we’ll give you useful tips on how to tend to majesty palm indoors.
Majesty Plant Care Basics
Now, let’s begin with this plant care overview.
Scientific Name: Ravenea rivularis
Common Name: Majesty Palm
Similar to: Areca Palm
Native to: Madagascar
Shape: Feathery fronds
Maximum Size: 10 ft. indoors
Watering Requirements: Medium to High
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light
Preferred Humidity: Normal to High
Preferred Temperature: 65°F-75°F (18°C to 24°C)
Soil or Potting Medium: Medium to High
Fertilizer: Fertilize regularly during the spring and summer
Propagation Method: Division of pups from the mother plant
Toxicity: Nontoxic to dogs, cats, and horses
Vulnerable to: Yellowing and Browning Leaves
By now, you must have known some of the important aspects of caring for majesty palms. But to give you a more comprehensive guide, we have gathered all this information just for you.
A palm majesty loves light and acidic soil. If you have a cactus or succulent mix, that would definitely be perfect. You just add a handful of peat to the mix to improve its structure.
It will also serve as an organic material beneficial for the palm roots. Since peat is acidic, it helps achieve the right soil pH preferred by your majesty palm.
It’s important for any plant to have well-draining soil. The mixture needs to be right to avoid the accumulation of excess water.
Water should be plenty
Never let the soil go dry. The palm fronds will surely turn brown and dry if the plant is left under drought conditions. If you don’t want this to happen, water regularly.
The soil must be consistently moist but not to the point of being soggy. Along with a well-draining soil mix, there must be sufficient drainage holes in the container. Always check the bottom of the pot and remove standing water.
This will help prevent the perils of root rot. If the leaves turn yellow, that could be a sign of overwatering. Just well enough and your palm tree will show lush and shiny foliage.
Keep the light bright
A sunny window is the majesty palm’s favourite spot. Those arching feathery leaves love to receive plenty of sunlight. On average, about 6 to 8 hours of bright light makes the palm majesty extra happy.
If you have this light condition at home, that would be best for raising a palm tree at home. There’s a caution though. When treating them as an outdoor plant, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for long hours will not be beneficial.
When light intensities are strong, the tissues of the plant are prone to damage. So make sure to protect your majesty palm when the sunlight gives off scorching heat.
Maintain a warm temperature
The best temperature ranges between 65°F-75°F (18°C to 24°C). Palm trees are native to tropical areas. Thus, they’d naturally love a warm environment. As much as possible, keep your palm plant in this type of environment so it won’t experience much stress.
It can tolerate cold temperatures up to 50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15°C) during winter. But anything lower than that could lead to possible damage. Your houseplant will benefit from additional insulation during the colder months.
Avoid placing your palm near cold drafts and heating vents. They could easily induce physical damage.
Keep humidity high
As expected, tropical plants like majesty palm love high humidity. That extra moisture in the air is one thing that keeps them thriving. Be sure to place this houseplant in the most humid area of the room.
Misting the plant every now and then is helpful especially if you live in an arid place. However, this could be a time and energy-consuming job. We recommend using a humidifier or pebble tray instead to increase humidity.
If you’re living in a tropical or semi-tropical area, then, you’re lucky. You’re saved from doing the additional tasks.
Give fertilizer regularly
Although this palm plant is a slow grower, it needs a regular supply of fertilizer. During the active stage, you must fertilizer once or twice. Use a weak and diluted balanced fertilizer that is designed for a houseplant.
Abstain fertilization when the winter comes. This is the period when you allow your plant to rest. To avoid salt buildup in the soil, make it a habit to wash it off with running water after a few months.
Divide the pups to propagate
Propagation through cuttings is not possible. The best way is to divide those pups or offshoots that you see growing at the base of the mother plant. Separating them is the easiest way to multiply your majesty palm.
Once separated, you could plant each offshoot to individual containers. In time, you’d have new baby majesty palms growing. Don’t forget to leave behind a few pups beside the mother plant. And, separate only those mature and healthy pups.
Find the right growing zones
Areas located in the USDA zones 10-11 wouldn’t have trouble growing majesty palm. These growing zones are best suited for the growing needs of this palm species.
Report every year
Although it grows slowly, the majesty palm can grow really big. So make sure to repot it every year to encourage growth.
Use a larger container with an additional space of 2 to 3 inches. Since the roots can be massive, always use a sturdy pot that won’t easily break off.
Trim off rotten, aged, or damaged roots before repotting. And of course, replace the depleted soil with a fresh, light, and well-draining mix.
Make occasional pruning
Judicial removal of dead, aged, and discolored leaves are what you need to do when pruning majesty palms. You can also remove some fronds to thin out the foliage especially if it’s already dense. Doing so would allow better light penetration and air circulation within the plant.
As a reminder, make sure to sterilize the shears that you’re using to prune the plant. This would prevent the spread of diseases.
Various Palm Species and Similar Plants
There are a lot of options for palm species that is being used as a houseplant. Here are some of them:
Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
This palm closely resembles the majesty palm. However, it is smaller in size and could reach about 4 to 10 feet tall only when grown indoors. The fronds are more feathery in appearance. Between majesty palm and areca palm, the latter has greater adaptability to an indoor condition
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Unlike other palm species, parlor palm prefers a low light level condition. It grows from a single trunk and is compact in appearance. It can grow to about 4 feet tall in an indoor setting.
Cascade Palm (Chamaedorea atrovirens)
This palm is almost trunkless. Its growth habit can be observed as tight clumping. Just look at the base of the plant and you’ll see why. Like parlor palm, it is also shade-loving. This species has an air-purifying property making it a must houseplant.
Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
An elegant-looking palm that is both a sturdy and easy to maintain indoor plant. It has large palm-shaped leaves. It’s also a slow grower but it can reach up to 12 feet in height when grown in pots.
Majesty Palm Diseases & Pests
While the majesty palm is generally pest-free, make sure to still watch out. Spider mites are its most common nemesis. Since they’re very tiny, they could easily go unnoticed until they’re able to build an empire in your indoor plant.
The moment you spot them, spray them off with water. Normally, it would be enough to drive them away. If not, use horticultural oils or diluted soaps.
Leaf Spots and Leaf Blights
Palm trees have susceptibility to certain pathogens. These pathogens could lead to a number of diseases particularly leaf spots and leaf blights. Common symptoms could be easily mistaken for nutrient deficiencies.
They’re more vulnerable to such diseases in their young and juvenile stages. So, keep an eye.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are my Majesty palm leaves turning brown?
This could due to a number of reasons. Possibly, the roots may have been suffering from root rot. If underwatered, it may be due to dehydration or too much exposure to direct sun. It could also be due to diseases.
What are the benefits of Majesty palm?
Majesty palm has a purifying ability. It can remove toxins in the air such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.
Can brown palm leaves turn green again?
Unfortunately, brown leaves mean that the tissues on those parts are already dead. Therefore, it’s no longer possible to turn those back to green again. What you can do is trim those off so they wouldn’t affect
Where to buy a Majesty palm plant?
Don’t go anywhere! Here at Plantly, we have a wide range of options to choose from. Check our website and look for your next indoor plant addition.