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May 24, 2020 8:37 PM CST
Lawrence MA
Hey guys, I have this majesty palm in a room with south facing windows. I water it when the soil feels dry. The leaves are loosing their color and turning a yellow brown, the tips especially. It is still growing new leaves in the middle but something feels off. Please help.
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May 24, 2020 10:58 PM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
You have chosen one of the most difficult palms to grow indoors. Sighing! From the pictures it looks like you have a spider mite infestation— the yellowish spotting around the edges are typical. If there is a 'gritty' feel as well it's clinched. Spray with neem oil or use a soil applied systemic to control the little monsters.

As far as keeping your palm alive for very long, it needs VERY high light intensity (very close to those south-facing windows), consistently moist soil and lots of luck. This is one of the few palms that doesn't like to dry out much.

Good luck and keep us posted on it's progress.
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May 25, 2020 2:23 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Use a magnifier to get a good look and see if you see any bugs or webs first. If not then re-post and we'll find out whats the problem.

If you see mites then take your plant outdoors and spray all the fronds down on top and bottom with a blast of water. Cover your plants soil with plastic to keep the soil from flushing out or being over watered. Wash off the fronds not missing anything. Leave it outdoors if you can find a good spot to match the lighting and temp needs for a few days or a week. Check back and look with the magnifier and if no bugs, bring it back in and spray with soap or neem. If using neem, spray every 3 days for a total of 12 to make sure and get the new hatched eggs.
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May 25, 2020 9:14 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
You can treat the spider mites, but ultimately you are fighting a losing battle. As John has indicated this is a difficult plant to keep indoors. It is very rare that a Majesty Plant looks decent after a year inside, regardless of how well it is cared for. I'm not sure it is worth the investment in time and energy treating the spider mites when you are likely to lose the plant anyway.
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Horticultural Help, NYC
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May 25, 2020 4:50 PM CST
Lawrence MA
OK thanks for the info, Ill bring it outside for now. But I live in MA, ill need to bring it in probably in october.
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May 26, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Try to enjoy it outside for the summer. Crossing Fingers!
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Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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