Houseplants forum: Majesty Palm indoor lighting question

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bigdawg
Jun 27, 2015 8:43 AM CST
We just received a beautiful Majesty Palm. I've planted it in a large clay pot and am concerned that it will need more light than it is getting now in our living room.
My question is...I want to put a grow light on the plant to give the plant light for 6 or more hours each day but have no way of hanging it over the plan. If I purchase a grow light bulb and base and place it at the base of the plant (shinning up from underneath) will that work or will it cause other issues?
Thanks for the help.
BD

Plantomaniac08
Jun 27, 2015 11:55 AM CST
If I remember this palm correctly, these are not the easiest to grow indoors. Not that me saying that answers your question, just fyi.

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plantladylin
Jun 29, 2015 11:19 AM CST
Hi bigdawg, Welcome to All Things Plants!
Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis) requires very bright light and high humidity to thrive.
I had a couple of the Dwarf Majesty Palm (Ravenea hildebrandtii) growing in containers for quite a few years, but mine were kept outdoors on my pool deck where they received filtered but very bright Florida sunlight throughout the year. I gave one of my plants away when it got so tall that it touched the screen roof of the pool enclosure and I ended up planting the other in the ground where one year it was killed by an unusually frigid winter.

I wish you luck with your Majesty, it is a very beautiful palm tree but I'm not sure how long it will survive in an indoor setting without very bright light and high humidity. Depending on where you live, you may have success if you can put it outdoors during the day and increase humidity by sitting it on a tray of pebbles containing water ... or spraying with a water bottle etc.
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bigdawg
Jun 29, 2015 7:12 PM CST
Thanks for the info. I was afraid that it wouldn't do well indoors.
What if I got a grow light at the base shinning upward. There are many bulb type grow lights that even turn themselves on and off like this one (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Smart-Electric-Smart-Guardian-45-...). Would this help at all?
Would it cause any strange issues, like not growing up but growing out since all the light is coming from underneath?
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plantladylin
Jun 30, 2015 7:39 AM CST
I've never used grow lights so I'm not sure how the tree would respond. Hopefully others will chime in with their experiences.
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drdawg
Jun 30, 2015 8:32 AM CST
I don't think "bottom" light would do much good. These are outside plants and need strong, indirect overhead light or need to spend some time outside.
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gitagal
Jul 7, 2015 6:15 PM CST
I agree with all of the above.
The best you can do it is keep it outside for the summer and then bring it back in for the winter.
What zone are you? Where do you live? Do you have a sun room?

In my opinion--any light you can shine on it will never come close to the "real thing" outside.
And--NO WAY you can duplicate the humidity palms require.

Many people buy Majesty Palms just for decoration outside--around their pools, ponds, etc.
Then--they let them die come winter... As DrDawg said--these are Outdoor Plants.
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DogsNDaylilies
Jul 8, 2015 12:01 PM CST
Majesty Palm seems to be a fickle plant. Granted, im still working on improving my green thumb, but I've struggled with both of the Majesty Palms I've had. The one I currently have has been outside for about 3 weeks (?) now that the weather is reliably warm both day and night here I SE Michigan. It is browning a bit though. It has been humid and mostly rainy here, but we did have a dry spell last week, so that might have done it.

To answer your question about indoor lighting, I had my Majesty Palm indoors the end of winter and a large part of spring and I misted the leaves regularly and watered occasionally. The grow light I used seemed to work well and extended the daylight hours for my plant. Here is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PB94PCO?refRID=JJZYTNXZC... I like it because it has a flexible head so I can point it in various directions and it has multiple dim settings, so I gradually dimmed the light some evenings (when I thought of it) for a more natural lighting effect for my plants. I recommend it. Like I said, though, my Majesty Palm is currently outside in the sun because I feel that's better for it during warmer months and I'll spray it down well with soapy water (to get rid of most of the bugs) before I bring it inside this fall.

I hope that helps!

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