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pikaia

Hello all!! I acquired this majesty palm (not 100% sure of name) from my mother in law about a year ago. At her house, it only ever had 4 fronds. I brought it back to my house and started taking care of it. It started drying out pretty quick. We have forced air heat and my MIL did not. About four months ago, I started doing some research into how to make it more healthy. I went on some of my fb groups and a person helped me with what I could fertilize it with. He recommended chelated iron 6-0-0. I have used it twice bit very little as I was afraid of burning the plant. I purchased a humidifier about a week ago and placed it near the palm tree. I spray it with water twice a day to increase humidity. I have also read that it may need a larger pot. Maybe new soil too. What do you think? I want to add that it has two fronds growing right now. 

Btw, I have blinds open during the day.... 

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Allen

I can't tell if it is a majesty palm or not but the pot looks plenty big.  Majesty palms can really only do well outdoors during your spring/summer.  They don't tolerate temps under 40F well.  Indoor humidity is almost impossible to raise high enough for these palms in winter indoors.  Your indoor humidity is most likely around 40.  They need 60-80.  You can try putting in your bathroom for more humidity if by chance you have room but that is usually not a great place for most people.  They will probably die inside eventually.  These palms do like to have constantly moist soil, so water once per week or when to top dries out a bit.  You need palm fertilizer to fertilize any palms.  Look at amazon for palmgain or jobes palm fertilizer.  I wouldn't fertilize much more though in winter. 

They sell majesties at lowes/home depot for 15-30 each and I would just replace it honestly as needed.  I have about 9 of these in my garage to overwinter they go outside as soo as they can (April).   two of mine died overwinter last year. 

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pikaia

Thanks for your reply!! I have read that these palms are extremely difficult and almost never do well in homes for all the reasons you mentioned. If it survives through this winter, I am gonna put it outside. I thought maybe the coloring on it's leaves (fading in some spots) meant the nutrients were depleted in it's soil?

Fingers crossed it hangs on!!

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Allen

If the soil has consistency of sludge you can replace it.  The easiest if you don't mix your own is miracle grow palm/cactus soil at lowes/home depot.  Although I hate Miracle grow soil usually I have used this one some. Honestly if you put new soil and don't see a lot of roots everywhere you could consider putting in a SMALLER pot.   I think the palm is just not doing well indoors.  I can't tell if that is a nutrient deficiency as I'm not a expert on that but I've seen some look like that from indoors.

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Rickybobby

I just lost a majesty to root rot. I have a lot of potted palms and since majesty’s are last on my list I didn’t realiLize it wasn’t in my new well draining soil mix. Even though I neglect it and never water it. The soil kept too much water initially and she gone 

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PalmatierMeg

Majesty palms (Ravenea rivularis) make terrible houseplants. They eventually get huge, need heat and sun and are fertilizer hogs. A better choice would be a kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), lady palm (Rhapis excelsa and related species) or one of the Chamaedoreas. All can take low light and may be forgiving of dark, cold and dry northern homes.

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Merlyn2220

I'm not a Majesty palm expert but the browned and curly tips seem like a water shortage symptom.  If the soil is wet and mucky it could be caused by root rot instead of a lack of water. Majesties generally want a LOT of water though, and don't do very well indoors in low humidity.  It's difficult to get them enough water to be happy without rotting the roots.

The irregular yellowing on the fronds in the 3rd picture seems like a potassium deficiency, which normally starts on the oldest fronds first, and usually at the tips of leaflets first.  If you are only feeding with 6-0-0 fertilizer that's possible.  Many people seem to like Osmocote, Nutricote or Florikan controlled release fertilizer.  I've used Osmocote on potted plants.

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