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Question: I have owned a majestic palm for only about 1 month and the tips of the leaves are already turning brown. In some cases an entire leaf has turned brown. Also, while moving the plant it fell and several stems bent. Is there anyway to correct the browning and the bent stems.

Answer: One of the most graceful palms, Ravenea rivularis 'Majesty' has a classic upright form with a central trunk and large fronds. This is a variety that prefers high light. If needed, supply supplemental artificial light. It is tolerant of average indoor humidity and temperatures but will be more lush if it is warmer and more humid. Majesty palms have an extensive root system and should be kept evenly moist.

Each palm has its own peculiarities, but there are some common problems. No palm likes soggy soil. It can lead to yellowing fronds, brown tips and poor growth. They also don't like salts from treated water and fertilizers. When palms are exposed to temperatures that are too cold, the fronds tend to blacken. Fronds that turn totally brown have either gotten too hot or are going through a natural shed. Some varieties of palms have problems with spider mites, making the fronds appear rough and speckled. When lots of tips are brown, it can indicate too little water or humidity.

You can remove the completely brown fronds, and mist your palm daily to increase humidity around the plant. This should improve its appearance. There isn't any way to fix tissues damaged when your palm fell over. The bent stems will remain bent, or at least show little creases as long as they're attached to the plant.

Best wishes with your palm!

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