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ascher_samuel
May 26, 2018 10:00 AM CST
Hey everyone!

About a month ago, I purchased a relatively healthy majesty palm tree from Whole Foods. It had a few brown tips on some of the leaves, but it was overall in good condition. I placed it about four feet from an east-facing window and was watering it about once a week. This past week, the leaves have started to turn yellow at the tips, then brown and wilt. Some of the leaves look as if they were burnt by a lighter or match. I fear I may have over-watered it and/or not given it enough light.

I have been letting it dry out for a little over a week now, and this morning I moved it directly in front of an east-facing window, with two north-facing windows behind it. I haven't re-potted it or given it any fertilizer / plant food. Can someone help me identify what is wrong with my majesty palm and how I can bring it back to life? It was inexpensive, but I don't want it to suffer, nor do I want to lose its beauty in my home.

I have attached several pictures for reference. The upclose shots I took this morning, and the other one shows the position I had it in when I first bought it.

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Any and all help is appreciated. I am relatively new to plant care, and I've heard majesty palms can be a tough indoor plant. Thank you all so much.

Sincerely,
Sam
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 26, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Hi Sam - How disappointing that Whole Foods is selling this Palm as an indoor plant. I expect that from Home Depot, but not Whole Foods. Majesty Palms simply do not hold up well indoors even when they are in front of a very sunny window. They do fine outdoors in light shade or on a porch or patio.
Whoever told you Majesty Palms are tough indoor plants must have meant tough to keep alive indoors!

If you can't move yours outside, then you can get a bit more life out of it by providing maximum indoor light and keeping the soil moist at all times. Trim off the inevitable brown tips and fronds as they occur. Be alert for spider mites as they love this plant.

Perhaps Whole Foods will let you return it.
Will Creed
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ascher_samuel
May 27, 2018 10:06 AM CST
Thank you for your reply, Will. I have trimmed off all of the brown parts, and it's currently sitting right in front of a sunny window. We have a rooftop at our apartment, but it stays pretty shady. I might try putting it out there for awhile.

As for indoor palms, are there any you would recommend? I heard Parlor Palms are good for low-light apartments. The majesty was filling up our living room perfectly, and I would like to find something to take its place, if possible.

Thank you for your help!
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 27, 2018 10:19 AM CST
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 27, 2018 1:30 PM CST
Sam - As noted in Gene's link, the two best large Palms for moderate to low light are the Kentia and Rhapis Palms. Both are quite expensive as they are slow growers. Kentias can be challenging with their water requirements and not very forgiving when not watered properly. Look for one that is potted in a volcanic cinder potting mix and be sure to never repot it regardless. The volcanic cinder is unusually porous and will make watering much easier.

The Rhapis Palm is easier because it can tolerate constantly damp soil.

A third option is a Chamaedorea erumpens or Bamboo Plam. It is a close relative of the Parlor Palm but is taller. It grows faster and is less expensive, but it is also very proper to spider mites.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

ascher_samuel
May 27, 2018 3:14 PM CST
Thank you both so much for your help. It is appreciated! I watered my Majesty Palm this morning after giving it ample time to dry out (as I fear I overwatered it). Once the weather clears up a bit (messy out today), I will try moving it to our rooftop to see if it prefers the outdoors.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 27, 2018 3:20 PM CST
Where do you live? I summer my plants outside but cannot leave them out all year. Maybe you should quick just have a garage sale and make sure it turns into a memory. Gene

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Sep 6, 2020 6:51 AM CST

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Hello, I have a majestic that I purchased from Lowes in April. The photo with the white base on floor is where it sits. I took it outside to spray it and add soil to the top of plant because roots where showing and I thought that was why the leaves have been browning. I had to cut a few branches off at base due to die back. I planted it in the pot you see with a small piece of landscape fabric at bottom to cover holes so the soil could drain so roots wouldn't stay damp to prevent root rot. I read this somewhere. Plant is not doing well. What are your suggestions. Thank you. Jill
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sallyg
Sep 6, 2020 7:37 PM CST
Hi,
I have read that the Majesty palm does well outdoors for summer/hot weather, and terrible indoors.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

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