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.
|Common Names||Majesty palm, Majestic palm, Revena palm|
|Plant Type||Palm tree|
|Mature Size||10 feet when grown indoors|
|Sun Exposure||Daylong bright, indirect light|
|Soil Type||Potting mix for cactus, with extra peat mixed in|
|Soil pH||5.0 to 6.0 (acidic)|
|Hardiness Zones||10 to 11 (USDA)|
|Origin||Moist, humid spots in Madagascar|
How to Grow Majesty Palm
Successfully growing majesty palms requires carefully balancing several factors: heat, light, and fertilization. Plants that are over-fertilized and grown in warm conditions, but not given enough light, will stretch out. Plants that are given too much light without a corresponding increase in fertilizer and water will scorch. The right balance inside likely means a bright corner, with plenty of water, and probably less fertilizer than you think.
Although majesty palms are understory plants in their natural habitat, indoors it's a good idea to provide as much light as possible. Plants that are stretching and bleached should be moved into a brighter spot for a few weeks, but don't expose them to full sunlight.
A potting mix designed for cactus or succulents, with some extra peat mixed in, is an ideal growing medium for majesty palms. These palms need good drainage to prevent water-logged roots.
Keep the potting media evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Don't let them get too dry between waterings or you'll start to lose lower leaves. If leaves are beginning to turn brown at the tips, the plant is probably not getting enough water. Leaves that turn yellow may indicate the plant is getting too much moisture.
Temperature and Humidity
This plant will grow fairly well in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer high humidity but will survive in ordinary household humidity levels. But they may get too dry in cold climates where winter air can get very dry; here, running a humidifier can make the plants happier. Misting the plant daily will also ensure it gets the humidity it craves. Low humidity levels can encourage insect pests.
Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer once or twice during the growing season and not at all during the winter. If your indoor plant starts to stretch out, then reduce or stop fertilizing. A fertilizer mix designed for cactus is a good choice. Applying Epsom salts once a month will supply adequate magnesium and prevent yellowing of the leaves.
Potting and Repotting
These are fast-growing palm trees, so a plant may need to be repotted annually. When repotting, be careful not to damage the root ball and use a large and heavy enough container to prevent the palm tree from tipping over.