How to Take Care of Majesty Palm Plants


Majesty palm plants are actually trees that can grow as large as 40 feet tall, although they are often marketed as houseplants. Desirable for their long, graceful, fernlike fronds, these palms (Ravenia rivularis) are native to Madagascar and thrive in warm, tropical climates. They grow well outdoors in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 9 through 11, according to the University of Oklahoma, and can be grown indoors until the trunk and plant become too large and thick for indoor spaces. Still, growing these beauties in containers is a good idea if you live in a zone where frost occurs, because they are not tolerant of cold conditions.

Step 1

Choose a location that offers either full sunlight or light, dappled shade for your majesty palm. These plants thrive in understory locations, such as under a large deciduous shade tree, according to information published by Floridata.

Step 2

Provide rich, loamy soil for your majesty palm. Amend garden soil with organic materials such as leaf mold or peat moss to add nutrients and improve drainage. Plant potted palms in a high-quality potting soil that contains some perlite or coarse sand.

Step 3

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy or waterlogged, because too much water can cause the roots to begin to rot. Still, this plant should never be allowed to dry out, according to information published by the University of Oklahoma.

Step 4

Fertilize your majesty palm once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer that contains extra iron, and apply the fertilizer according to the instructions on the label for the size of your palm. According to Floridata, the rich, green color of the fronds will fade if the plant is not receiving enough nutrients.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of this plant are considered poisonous, according to the University of Oklahoma, so keep it out of reach of children and pets, especially if grown indoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tools
  • Leaf mold
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil containing perlite or coarse sand
  • Balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer with iron


  • University of Oklahoma: Plant of the Week: Ravenea Rivularis
  • Floridata: Ravenea spp.
  • Plant Care: Majesty Palm

Who Can Help

  • Denver Plants: Majesty Palm
Keywords: majesty palm plants, growing majesty palms, Ravenea rivularis care

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.