majesty palm - Knowledgebase Question

Westport, Ma
Question by moreira85
January 1, 2010
i have 2 majesty palms. 1 is doing really well and gets medium light. The other is drying up, the tips are curling up and and the branches are crispy. I water once a week. Cant figure out why this happening.

Answer from NGA
January 1, 2010


Crispy foliage and brown tips usually develop when the air is dry around the plant, it's been over fertilized, or it is under watered. Check to make sure the ailing majesty palm is not sitting near a heating vent or fireplace, and that you keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Sometimes containerized plants develop air pockets in the soil around the roots. Even though you water to the point where excess water drains out of the container, the dry pockets can remain dry. I combat this by immersing my containerized plants in water (in a sink or bathtub) for about 15 minutes or until no more air bubbles rise to the top. Do this once every 4-6 weeks to ensure the entire root system receives adequate water. You might try moving your plant to a different spot. Just a small change in the environment can make a lot of difference. Hope this information is helpful.

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