A new plant has recently gained popularity in the world of houseplants, called Majesty Palm. It is a member of the Arecaceae family.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Majesty Palm is a vulnerable variety. The Majesty Palm or Ravanea Rivularis is found in very limited areas in Madagascar Island, Indian Ocean. This area is home to some unique plant life. The Ravanea genus has about 20 species, each varying in size.
This is a Majestic variety of Palm Tree with graceful leaves that have a feathery shape. It is a robust tropical plant. It was first introduced as a houseplant in Florida in the year 1990.
This species is named Majesty to acknowledge the crown of fronds. These attractive fronds vary in shades of light and dark green.
This is a moody houseplant and demands extra care from its grower. For this reason, many growers classify this as a difficult plant.
This air purifying plant will add style and improve air quality. It can fit in any indoor setting, modern contemporary, or traditional.
As a new addition, many growers struggle with the right care about this plant. This detailed plant care guide is crafted to help you successfully cultivate a Majesty Palm.
- 1 Majesty Palm Care
- 2 Common Problems for Majesty Palm
- 3 Tips for Growing Majesty Palms
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions about Majesty Palm Care
- 4.1 Why does my Majesty Palm have brown leaves with crispy leaf tips?
- 4.2 Can this plant thrive in low humidity?
- 4.3 How often should I water this plant?
- 4.4 The fronds on my plant have suddenly turned yellow, what is wrong?
- 4.5 How long can this plant survive?
- 4.6 How many hours of sunlight are best for this plant?
- 4.7 Is the Majesty Palm poisonous?
- 4.8 How can I know if I have an ideal potting mixture?
- 5 Conclusion
Majesty Palm Care
For potting soil, use peat moss, sand, and loam (2:2:1). This robust and adaptable plant needs water every week or so to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Whereas the temperature should be around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 23.8 degrees Celsius). This variety also loves the sun, therefore keep it in indirect, bright sunlight.
Understanding the soil needs for Majesty Palm is an important part of good plant care. This plant can tolerate acidic soils; therefore, peat-based mixtures are also suitable. This plant needs a fast-draining mixture to avoid soggy soil.
Holes for drainage are a must if you want to fight root rot and protect the roots from drowning.
I have potted my Majesty Palm in a regular potting mixture that is rich in nutrients and airy. You can add a handful of peat to amend your mixture. Another successful recipe is 2 parts peat moss, 2 parts sand, and 1 part loam. Make sure the soil remains acidic with the pH falling in the range of 5 to 6.
You can grow this beautiful Palm in outdoor gardens of USDA hardiness zones 9b-11. This Palm likes a wet environment. Therefore, you can grow it outdoors near your water garden or pond.
This plant is found growing along the banks of rivers in its native region. So it naturally admires plenty of water to keep the potting medium moist. I always water this plant after a week or two in summer and spring. This plant requires very little water in winter or autumn.
If you are located in extremely warm areas, keep a close eye on moisture levels. You might need to water your plant every 2-3 days in such a climate. The best time to add more water is when the top 1 inch or 2.5 cm is dry.
Your Majesty Palm will need more water in bright sunlight compared to medium sunlight. If your plant starts shedding the lower leaves, you should increase the watering frequency.
Maintain adequate moisture for this plant to thrive and remain green. The key to good watering is to allow the potting soil to dry about halfway down.
When choosing a spot for your Majesty Palm, remember it likes lots of light, so locate it in bright sunlight. But also ensure it never gets direct sunlight. This variety can also grow well in medium, indirect sunlight. You should never place it in the full sun, whether indoor or outdoor.
Place it next to the east, west, or south-facing window.
This plant is admired as a houseplant because it does not mind being in shaded areas. But if the leaves of your Majesty Palm appear bleached, you should immediately move it to a brighter location.
This plant needs an average temperature between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 23.8 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. However, it also enjoys warm temperatures close to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees Celsius).
Indoors, you should keep it away from heating vents or cold drafts. Outdoors also protect it from strong wind or frost damage.
In winter, it can withstand temperatures ranging from 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius). It can adapt to cold temperatures but avoid leaving it outside during winter.
Humidity is the most tricky for this plant, as it loves average to high humidity. If the humidity is too low, the plant will start changing color.
To replicate the natural habitat where it thrives in moist, humid spots, I have placed mine in 80% humidity. If you have trouble maintaining high humidity; I have a few suggestions for you:
Room Humidifier – you can invest in an electric humidifier. Run it next to your Majesty Palm for better humidity conditions.
Misting Spray – mist the long fronds every other day with distilled water.
Pebble Tray – put a few gravels or stones in a tray filled with water. This water will humidify the environment around your plant. Refresh the water in the tray regularly.
Fertilizer is the main requirement for this variety; you should maintain regular fertilization to avoid nutrient deficiency. This plant needs feeding only in growing seasons; that too in a controlled quantity.
You can also add a dash of Epsom salts to protect your plant from magnesium deficiency. This deficiency is indicated by the yellowing of leaves.
When your plant is young, you can add a 3-1-3 fertilizer, but once mature, shift it to a balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15.
You should feed it only once or twice in the growing season with a liquid fertilizer. You should avoid adding any fertilizer in winter and let your plant rest. If you like slow-release fertilizer, apply it once at the beginning of the growing season. Applying it every month can cause fertilizer burns.
I prefer fertilizing this plant with a fertilizer that is designed for cactus plants. You can choose any houseplant fertilizer but always dilute it to half the recommended strength.
Too much fertilizer can harm your plant instead of helping it grow. Flush the potting soil every season to reduce salt buildups that can burn the leaf tips.
This Palm Tree variety needs to be repotted annually or earlier, depending on the soil condition. You should also repot if you see any roots on the soil surface—transplant to a large container to prevent the plant from tipping. Ideally, repotting should be performed in late spring or early summer.
You should handle the plant very carefully while repotting because the root ball can be damaged easily. It is best to use sharp, sterilized tools to untangle or get rid of damaged roots. You should also remove all the soil around the root ball using a water hose.
If your plant has become too root-bound, it needs a bigger pot. Choose a sturdy terracotta or ceramic pot that is one size larger than the previous pot.
This plant requires very little pruning. You will have to prune only to get rid of the yellow or brown fronds.
Trim all the leaves that look diseased. You can fertilize your plant 1 week prior to pruning; this will encourage new growth after pruning. A fun trick is to prune the leaves at the bottom to encourage growth at the top. Maintain the original shape of the plant while pruning.
This plant sheds the old brown leaves when new leaves grow. Avoid removing these decaying leaves because your plant will automatically recycle the nutrients from these leaves. To prune your plant:
- Remove dead parts and trim about 3 inches from the trunk.
- Do not damage or remove the green, healthy leaves.
Always prune your plant using sharp and clean equipment.
The seeds for this variety are rarely available commercially, but if you get the seeds by any chance, you can propagate them in a shallow container.
These seeds will germinate very fast under optimum conditions, so you will have to transfer your plant to a bigger container. Follow the steps below for seed propagation:
- Place the seeds under the moist layer of potting soil.
- Cover your pot or shallow tray with a plastic sheet to lock the moisture.
- Place the tray/pot in a warm location with a temperature of about 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 26 degrees Celsius). The humidity should be around 60%.
- You should also mist the soil regularly for faster germination.
The seeds for this Palm do not store well. Therefore you should sow them as soon as possible.
This plant is a non-flowering variety when cultivated indoors. Most people grow it for beautiful green leaves. Outdoors it produces tiny, pale yellow flowers that are fragrant and a red fruit berry.
This plant is got its name because of its majestic growth and appearance. It adds texture to any dull corner in your home. The leaves grow in an arched pattern to form a majestic crown.
This plant can instantly give the tropical island touch with its bright green and symmetrical leaves. The leaves grow straight from the trunk but curl towards the leaf tip. The trunk is grayish-brown.
In its native area, it can easily reach a height of 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6m). Container gardening can limit the size of this plant; however, even as an indoor plant, it mostly grows 1 ft. per year and reaches a height of 5-10 ft. (1.5-3 m).
This is a slow-growing variety, but it develops several branches, and each branch grows many long arching leaves.
Many gardeners believe that this plant resembles a Kentia Palm when young and looks like the Royal Palm once mature.
Common Problems for Majesty Palm
This plant is considered tricky to grow indoors. But once you maintain an optimum indoor environment and avoid common problems, you are rewarded with a robust indoor plant.
This plant is a hardy indoor variety but its often susceptible to several pests, including aphids, whitefly, scales, and mealybugs. Low humidity is highly discouraged for this plant because it encourages mites and mealybugs infections.
Spider mites are the biggest threat to this Palm plant. The main symptoms are tiny white webs or speckles.
Treat the mites with a mixture of warm soapy water. You should repeat this treatment every few weeks. For heavy infestations, I would recommend using an insecticidal soap or neem oil. You should also raise the humidity to prevent the mites from coming back.
If you want to identify a mealybugs infection, look for tiny cotton balls on the stems or under the fronds. Use an organic neem oil spray to remove them from your plant.
You can treat the above pests with a homemade garlic mixture. It is best to test a small area on the plant before using this mixture:
- Mash two cloves of garlic in 1-liter water.
- Let this mixture sit for 24 hours.
- Strain the garlic pieces and spray your plant with this mixture.
Brown and Yellow Leaves
Browning or yellowing of leaves is a nightmare for any foliar houseplant. Two common causes for this are water stress and overdose of fertilizers. Lack of sunlight can also trigger yellow leaves.
You should start by trimming the discolored leaves. As most issues are caused by moisture stress, the next step is to change the watering schedule depending on the environment (light, temperature, and humidity). I have prevented these by improving the growing conditions for my plant.
In my opinion, this plant is quite sensitive to the lack of humidity and water.
Tips for Growing Majesty Palms
- Indoors, you should give this plant as much light as possible by keeping it under filtered, bright sunlight.
- You should never allow the soil of this plant to dry out entirely. At the same time, never let the plant sit in soggy soil. The best method is to check the soil by hand before watering.
- This plant can compromise on humidity but maintain at least average humidity of 40%.
- Provide good airflow around your plant to prevent pest growth.
- For better growth, try adding a fertilizer that has magnesium and calcium as well.
- Outside it will thrive in bright sun with partial shade.
- This plant does not appreciate frequent movement, therefore avoid moving it unnecessarily.
- While watering, add water until it drains from the drainage holes. For successful indoor gardening of this plant, never let the soil get completely dry.
- Regular pruning of this plant will keep the overall appearance tidy.
- Periodically wipe both sides of the leaves with a moist cloth.
Frequently Asked Questions about Majesty Palm Care
Why does my Majesty Palm have brown leaves with crispy leaf tips?
This is the most common issue with the indoor cultivation of this plant. Browning of leaves combined with crispy tips indicates a dry potting soil. You are either under watering your plant, or the soil is drying very fast. This problem can be easily fixed by refreshing the potting mixture or changing the watering schedule for this plant.
Can this plant thrive in low humidity?
Even though low humidity is acceptable for this plant, but it performs better with high air moisture.
How often should I water this plant?
Whenever the soil is partially dry, meaning when the top half is dry, but the bottom half is still moist.
The fronds on my plant have suddenly turned yellow, what is wrong?
Yellow fronds are a sure sign of overwatering for this houseplant. Allow your potting mix to dry out between watering. Never let the excess water remain on the soil surface or in the tray at the bottom. Another reason for this is inadequate sunlight.
How long can this plant survive?
If you maintain the correct indoor conditions, your Majesty Palm can easily live for about ten years.
How many hours of sunlight are best for this plant?
This plant enjoys bathing in bright sunlight for 4-6 hours.
Is the Majesty Palm poisonous?
This is not a poisonous plant. But do not let the pets feed on this plant.
How can I know if I have an ideal potting mixture?
You can judge your potting mix by doing a water test. Water your plant; if the water drains fast without accumulating on the soil surface, you have a perfect potting mixture.
This is a must-have plant if you want to try growing a challenging plant that has unique features of Palm plants. For a happy Majesty Palm plant, you have to maintain the desired light, temperature, and fertilizers.
This inexpensive plant variety is becoming popular for indoor gardening because of the attractive foliage and slow growth.
This accent plant is a great addition to any indoor garden provided you maintain the right plant care; since it will add grace to your home.
It is a pet-friendly variety, but I would still recommend keeping it away from the reach of kids or pets. It can become a great companion of Alocasia plants.
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