majesty palms - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
Question by larrykoshio
February 24, 2010
i have two, one is 8', not lookin too good right now, the weather? i give them each about 1 liter of water each monday, too much ? too little ? what else am i doing wrong ? thanx, larry k.

Answer from NGA
February 24, 2010


I can't tell from your question just what the problem might be so to help you troubleshoot, here are some guidelines for growing healthy majesty palms:
Ensure that the Majesty Palm is potted properly. A 14 to 16 inch pot is usually sufficient. If the roots are bound, repot in a larger pot. Add about 1 to 2 inches of pea gravel to the bottom of the pot to provide proper drainage. Roots that sit in water will rot.

Select a location for the Majesty Palm that gets medium natural light. This can usually be achieved by placing the pot within about 5 to 8 feet of a window.

Water a Majesty Palm thorougly when the soil begins to dry out (about once a week).

Mist the fronds of the Majesty Palm often (every day or every other day). This plant loves humidity, and the misting helps prevent spider mites.

Inspect the Majesty Palm weekly for spider mites. If you see mites, mist the plant with soapy water twice a day until the mites are gone. If the mites persist, ask your local gardening store to recommend a commercial spray.

Prune dry, dying fronds as necessary about 2 to 3 inches from the trunk.

Hope this information helps you determine just what the problem might be. Hope so!

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