Monday, April 17, 2017

The Mighty Majesty Palm aka Ravenea rivularis

Ravenea rivularis

Someone let me know today that they were having trouble with their Majesty Palm so I thought I'd write out the correct care for it here. I did a short segment on this palm in one of the episodes of the TV series, "The Indoor Garden" in the 90's. 

This is a tall and lovely palm that can bring some peacefulness to your home. Its fronds are not as wide as most of the other palms so you may find you have just right the place for it even in a smaller room or a narrow space. There is something about palms that is so soothing. With just the right care the Majesty palm can grace a space for years.

Palms can be dust collectors so it would be wise to own a feather or microfiber duster to gently use on it once in awhile. From time to time, a gentle shower with a garden hose outdoors or in the shower indoors would be helpful. 

Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some direct sun. Full afternoon sun is too much. Mostly shady outdoors. 
  • I've only seen these sold in a 10" (25 cm) diameter sized pot. A Majesty Palm in that size pot should be watered when the soil surface is quite dry, however long that takes. 
  • Water with up to 2 quarts (2 liters) of water when necessary for a palm in a 10" (25cm container). Use up to 1 gallon (almost 4 liters) in a 14" (35cm) diameter pot.
  • During winter months, water with 1 quart for 10" pots and 2 quarts for 14" diameter pots. If your Majesty palm has dried out, give it a full soak instead.  
  • Soil moisture meters are helpful for some and available at many garden centers and online.
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • Dust the leaves when necessary
  • Some extra humidity would be appreciated. A daily misting would be helpful.
To see the clip on YouTube from "The Indoor Garden" TV on the Majesty Palm click below:


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