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Care of Majesty Palm Trees

By D.C. Winston ; Updated September 21, 2017
Ravenea rivularis

The majesty palm, known botanically as Ravenea rivularis, is a fast-growing tropical outdoor plant that reaches 10 feet at maturity. Majesty palms tolerate partial shade and will grow in the understory of taller trees where they receive dappled sunlight. Majesty palms like abundant water and require regular doses of fertilizer to maintain their deep green hue.

Water your majesty palm consistently so that the soil surrounding the root ball remains moist an inch down. For palms growing in warm, dry climates or in large containers, this may mean watering them every two days. A more common regimen is every four to five days. Monitor your majesty palm closely and adjust watering to suit its seasonal needs.

Feed your majesty palm regularly to maintain its lushness and prevent yellowing. Choose one of the many palm foods on the market and apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions around the pre-watered root ball. Look for fertilizer formulations with a 3-1-3 or 15-5-15 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Slow-release fertilizers are applied once or twice during the growing season instead of once a month, reducing maintenance time and ensuring that the fertilizer does not burn your palm. Also look for fertilizers that have magnesium and calcium, two micronutrients needed by palms.

Prune damaged, diseased or dying fronds by gently tugging them off the trunk if they are loose or cutting them off with loppers or a small hand saw. Since majesty palms only grow to 10 feet tall, you will likely be able to make most cuts while standing on the ground. If you are straining to make a cut, use a stepladder or a pole saw.


Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Palm fertilizer formula
  • Loppers
  • Hand saw or pole saw
  • Stepladder