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Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Majesty Palm Healthy in Colder Weather

The author has a green thumb and raises healthy plants and vegetables at home.

An example of a pair of healthy Majesty Palm trees sitting comfortably by the window.

An example of a pair of healthy Majesty Palm trees sitting comfortably by the window.

Origin and Characteristics of the Majesty Palm

If you are the proud owner of a Majesty Palm like I am, you are probably wondering where this beautiful house plant originated. Before this lush, green, tropical houseplant made it to your living room or patio, it spent its life growing along the sunny, peaceful river banks of Madagascar.

The Majesty Palm loves warm, humid conditions but can tolerate the climate of most homes. In the wild, these green and feathery beauties enjoy a lot of sunlight and temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. With the proper growing conditions, the Majesty Palm can reach heights of ten to twelve feet with most houseplants reaching and maintaining an average height of three to five feet.

Choosing the proper potting soil is crucial to a healthy Majestic Palm.

Choosing the proper potting soil is crucial to a healthy Majestic Palm.

General Majesty Palm Maintenance

The proper potting soil is an important part of keeping your Majesty Palm healthy and strong. This houseplant thrives best with a mix of soil specifically designed for tropical plants like palms, cactus, and citrus. Companies such as Jobe's or Miracle-Gro offer a ready-mixed solution in a bag available at most garden stores or online retailers.

Watering

The Majesty Palm enjoys a moist environment but not too moist. Proper watering should consist of adding water when the soil is dry to the touch at the surface, usually adding water once or twice a week depending on growing conditions and temperature.

Sunlight

In the winter months, the amount of sunlight the Majesty Palm receives is crucial to its success. They should be placed within 1'-5' of a window in a sunny location so that they may continue to live happily in your home during colder weather. I typically rotate my palms 180 degrees once per month to prevent them from growing towards the sun and leaning over. Remember to keep the temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a constant 70-72 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. In dry climates, be sure to generously mist your palm weekly with water to keep them happy.

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Fertilizer

Winter fertilization during the winter months should be kept to a minimum. I generally add Jobe's fertilizer spikes for indoor palms at the rate of one spike every 3 months. This seems to keep my palms regularly sprouting new fronds and maintaining their lush, green color, and appearance throughout the colder months while living indoors.

Spider Mites and Pests

Tetranychus urticae or spider mites are tiny, parasitic insects commonly identified by the cobweb-like appearance of silky, web-like protective material left on the palms fronds. The appearance of these pests can often signal an improperly cared for palm or one that is suffering from poor health. Signs to look for are yellow or brown leaves, silky cobwebs, and the appearance of small spider-like insect movement on or under the leaves.

Treatment of Pests

The treatment I have used with much success has been a concoction of Dawn dishwashing liquid, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle. I often inspect my palms every 2 weeks for signs of infestation and treat when necessary by spraying the mixture underneath and on the leaves and stems until thoroughly wet and dripping. The precise mixture I use is one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 1/4 cup of alcohol, mixed with water in a 32-ounce spray bottle. This remedy should help to keep spider mites and other pests at bay while your Majesty Palm spends the winter indoors.

I hope I have provided the tools and information you need to keep your Majesty Palm happy, healthy, and free of pests. Thanks for stopping by!

Visible Spider Mites and Webs are Typical Symptoms of Majesty Palm Infestation

Visible Spider Mites and Webs are Typical Symptoms of Majesty Palm Infestation

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Charles Kikas

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