Majesty palm (Ravenea rivularis) is a species of tree native to Madagascar. However, majesty palm is mostly grown as an ornamental houseplant. Majesty palms have long green fronds and multiple stems originating from the main stem. Young majesty palms resemble spiky ferns from afar.
In warm tropical climates, this palm can also be grown outdoors, where it can grow up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall. Due to a lack of room for roots indoors, these palms mostly grow up to 10 feet tall (3 meters). Majesty palms can be quite difficult to grow.
Are you interested in growing a majesty palm indoors? It can be quite a task, in this article you will find all the adequate information about majesty palms, how to water them, how to fertilize them, how much light you should provide, and more.
Majesty palms aren’t very forgiving. A lot of aspects have to be done right, for the palm to survive. It thrives in warm, humid air and prefers moist acidic, well-draining soil. It also enjoys a lot of bright indirect light.
Majesty palms thrive in humid air, which can be difficult to achieve in certain households, especially ones in colder climates. In very low relative humidity conditions, it might be very difficult to grow majesty palms without artificial humidifiers. Misting the plant in moderate humidity is also a great way to increase humidity locally.
Perfect temperature range for majesty palm is 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 degrees Celsius).
Majesty palms should be grown in the brightest spot you have indoors. Although do not expose these tropical palms to full sun, it will cause scorching of the foliage. Luckily, majesty palms will indicate the need for more light. Majesty palms that do not receive enough bright indirect light will start to stretch toward the light.
During long dark winters, you can also buy artificial plant lights to help your majesty palm survive.
The tricky part about growing majesty palms is the watering routine. The soil should be kept evenly moist at all times, but not waterlogged. Once the soil gets too dry, the lower leaves of the palm will start to fall.
Soil & Fertilizer
To reduce watering mistakes, the right soil is essential for healthy majesty palm growth. The perfect soil for majesty palms is succulent cacti with peat mixed in. Cacti or succulent mix will provide good drainage, and peat will add acidity. These tropical palms prefer acidic soil with, a pH level of around 5. Use pots with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
Majesty palms are quite picky when it comes to nutrients. All-purpose fertilizer will not be sufficient. They also require micronutrients such as magnesium and iron to thrive. Ideally, you should add Epsom salt (it contains magnesium) and an iron supplement every month. Feed the palm cactus fertilizer two times during the growing season.
You’ve already had success with one majesty palm? Congratulations! If you want to grow another or share this plant with a friend or a family member, you probably want to propagate it. The easiest way to propagate majesty palm is via root division:
- Remove the plant from the pot gently. Big majesty palms can grow quite heavy, tip the container on its side and gently remove the soil around the plant with your hands
- Identify an offshoot from the main root and remove them with your hands. Carefully untangle the offshoot with your hands and use a sterilized sharp tool to cut it off.
- Place the offshoot in the soil described before and water it deeply, until water starts to come out of the drainage holes. Pour away the excess water.
- Place the new plant in a bright spot, like the mother plant
- Feed the new majesty palm after about a month
- Once the plant is established, you can transport it or grow it as mentioned before
Majesty palms should be repotted every year or every other year. It is easiest to propagate the plant while doing the repotting. Use heavy containers to avoid the majesty palm from tipping over.
Pests and Diseases
Majesty palms can attract pests, especially in low-humidity environments. Spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, scale, and whiteflies are pests you should be on the lookout for. Insecticidal soaps or neem oil can be a quick solution to get rid of these pests.
Majesty palms are quite hardy when it comes to diseases. Root rot is only caused by overwatering. With a proper watering routine, you should not worry about diseases.
Majesty palms are stunning houseplants with very attractive and elegant foliage. It can be quite difficult to grow them, follow our guide and grow a healthy, big, beautiful, and majestic palm!
Yellowing leaves can be caused by a lack of light, humidity, nutrients, or water. It can also be caused by overwatering and too much fertilizer. There isn’t an easy answer for this, read our guide and through the process of elimination, find out what your plant is lacking.
The leaf tips of majesty palm start turning brown when the plant is not receiving enough water. Leaves of majesty palm start turning brown when they receive too much sunlight.