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Aug 4, 2017 1:25 PM CST
My beautiful 5 year old Majesty Palm Fiona suddenly isn't doing well.

We moved into a new home 8 months ago that doesn't have much sunlight and she started to not do well about 1-2 months ago. At the time she started not doing well, I gave her some organic fertilizer so maybe that's the cause? I put her outside a week ago in the sun- thinking she may not be getting enough light here. She's still not well and just seems to be getting worse.

Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions as to what I can do or what may be wrong? Thank you!
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Name: Karen
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Aug 4, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Fertilizing when a plant isn't doing well can cause problems. Moving it from inside to outside in sun could also cause a decline. Move it back to a shady spot where it'll still have good indirect light. Does that pot have drainage holes? It must have drain holes. If not, do re-pot it. If it's been in the same pot for a long time, you could remove part of the soil and give it some new soil and replace it in the same pot. Good luck with it. Hope it recovers!
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Name: Will Creed
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Aug 5, 2017 6:35 AM CST
I hate to be the purveyor of bad news, but the Majesty Palm is the one plant I would never recommend for indoor use. Indoors you cannot give it enough light from all sides and above unless you have a sunroom or greenhouse. In addition, it requires copious amounts of water and fertilizer when healthy. Finally, it doesn't tolerate dry air and invariably attracts spider mites. It does better as an outdoor plant, but as a tropical plant, it will not survive temps much below 50 degrees. F.

You might consider keeping it outside in the light shade, trim off the brown fronds and then give it up when the cold weather returns in October.

As a side note, the big box stores love to sell this plant because it grows fast and cheaply in FL nurseries. It is a big seller because it is a large plant for relatively little money and that appeals to the consumer.
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