How to Care for Majestic Palms Tropical Plants


Majestic palms, known botanically as ravenea rivularis and also commonly as majesty palms, are single trunk palm trees native to the island of Madagascar. The majesty palm is identifiable by its shorter trunk that is wide and squat at the base and tapers upwards to a very large crown of fronds. Majestic palms require at least some bright daily sunlight, palm tree fertilizer and copious amounts of water for optimal performance.

Step 1

Amend the planting hole for your majestic palm with a cup or so of powdered dolomite lime as this contains the magnesium that is used rapidly by palm trees. Plant in a full sun or partial daily shade exposure.

Step 2

Water your majestic palm tree to keep the soil evenly moist when feeling an inch or two into the soil. Water deeply so that the water percolates at least 12 inches down in the soil. Dig down with a trowel on your first few deep waterings to help you learn how much water is actually required to meet this 12-inch goal in future without the digging.

Step 3

Feed your majestic palm at least once a year with a granular palm food according to label directions. Palm fertilizers formulations contain high nitrogen content as well as potassium and the desirable magnesium. Apply over moist soil and water in well.

Step 4

Prune your majestic palm to remove browned, dying or damaged fronds. Cut off flower or fruit stalks shortly after they appear to prevent messy droppings. Use a hand saw to cut the fronds down at their woody base close to the trunk without cutting into the trunk.

Step 5

Mulch around the base of your majesty palm with an organic material such as shredded bark or cocoa bean hulls. Lay down a 2-inch thick blanket each year to hold moisture in the soil and keep competitive weeds from cropping up.

Things You'll Need

  • Dolomite lime
  • Palm tree fertilizer
  • Long handled loppers and hand saw
  • Organic mulch


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