Majesty Palm Care
Palm,  Plant Care

Majesty Palm Care

Majesty Palms love indirect sunlight and keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. They can be a bit fussy, but they will do well with the right care…

Majesty Palm Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight
Watering needs:Allow the top 50% of soil to dry out between waterings. 
Fertilizer:Use a general houseplant fertilizer once a month in the warmer months.
Soil:Well draining, peat based potting compost.
Temperature:20°-27°C (70-80°F). Don’t let them get down to freezing.
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Ravenea rivularis
Common issues:Browning or yellowing of leaves due to lack of humidity or sunlight.


Welcome to to our guide on Majesty Palm Care. The majesty palm aka ravenea rivularis is a sophisticated looking, relatively fussy to care for tropical houseplant. They are grown in farms with prefect conditions and look great in the shop but then you get them home and they end up turning brown! But fear not, with the right care though they can flourish indoors, but be careful as they are probably one of the most killed houseplants out there!

They are much more than a houseplant, in the wild they can grow to much bigger than a house!

See also: Chamaedorea Elegans (Parlor Palm).

Majesty Palm Light Needs

Majesty Palms like bright indirect sunlight. Some direct sunlight is good for them too, but not much as it can burn the leaves. If they do burn, move the plants back from the direct sun. They will do ok in lower light levels in the home too, they just won’t grow as quickly. Just be careful they do not burn as they are fussy when given too much bright sunlight.

How Often to Water A Majesty Palm

Allow the top 50% of soil to dry out between waterings. So in a warm growing season you will probably end up watering them every week or so. They are a little bit fussy when it comes to watering, so be careful here. They must not be allowed to sit in soaking wet woil.


Use a general houseplant fertilizer on your Majesty Palm, once a month and only in the warmer growing months.


A peat-based potting compost will be great for a majesty palm.

When To Repot A Majesty Palm

Repot your Majesty Palm in the growing season, so late spring or early summer is a good time.


Aim for 50%. Majesty palms like the higher end of household humidity, so if yours get dry sometimes. You can use a pebble tray to increase the humidity around the plant if needed.


These palms like room temperature or similar 20°-27°C (70-80°F). They will tolerate low temperatures though, but must not be allowed to get down to freezing as this can damage the plants.

How To Propagate Majesty Palm?

Majesty Palms cannot be propagated from cuttings, you need to wait until the plan produces smaller pup plants at the base and then prize them off carefully, keeping the plant and roots intact, and then pot them up separately.

Where To Buy A Majesty Palm

You can buy these at many garden centers and plant shops. Or try Etsy.

Other Names for Majesty Palm

Ravenea rivularis

Majesty Palm Care FAQs and Common Issues

Majesty palms are notoriously tricky to care for palms. One of the best things to do is to make sure the leaves do not touch the walls as you can get browning. They like just the right amount of light – bright direct sunlight but not so much that they burn, as this can brown the leaves.

Do Majesty Palm Leaves Grow Back?

The leaves that fall off will not grow back from the same place, but you should get new growth from the top.

Can Majesty Palm Survive In Low Light?

They prefer bright indirect sunlight but can do well in lower light areas of the home, just keep an eye on it in case it gets ‘leggy’.

Why Majesty Palm Turn Yellow?

Yellow leaves are usually a sign of overwatering. You must make sure they do not sit in soaking soil, you must let all excess water drain away after watering before putting it back in it’s external container or saucer. Water it when the top 50% of soil is dry and not before, and you should be good to go.

When To Bring Majesty Palm Indoors?

They do not like to get too cold, if it starts to get down to 10°C (50°F) at night you should consider bringing them indoors.

How Tall Do Majesty Palm Grow?

They can grow up to 5 to 6 meters (16-19 feet) tall if given the right care.

Is Majesty Palm Toxic To Cats?

The good news is they are not toxic to cats or dogs.

Majesty Palm Vs Cat Palm?

Both of these plants look really similar. The cat palm is smaller and more arching, the majesty has straighter and more upright fronds.

Majesty Palm Care Indoor

Indoors they need to have moist soil (but not sit in water), a good amount of bright but indirect sunlight, and mid to high humidity.

Majesty Palm Care Outdoor

Majesty palms need sunlight, but they should be shaded from constant direct sunlight. They should be well watered too.

Majesty Palm Brown Tips

Majesty Plants get brown leaf tips from a lack of humidity – consider a pebble tray for them or mist them regularly. Also make sure the leaves are not touching the wall.

Yellow Leaves

Majesty palms can get yellow leaves for a number of reasons – lack of sunlight or lack of humidity, so consider increasing both of these and testing which it could be by treating them at different time periods.

How To Prune A Majesty Palm

You can use sharp scissors for small plants or pruning shears for bigger plants. Cut off fronds that are browning.

How Big Do They Get?

They can reach 6 meters (20′) tall, or even much more if given the right care outside. It depends on the size of the roots, so indoors the pot will restrict growth to a manageable rate.

Do Majesty Palms Clean The Air?

Yes they do, they have been proven (in the NASA Clean Air Study) to remove toxins like formaldehyde from the air. I know a lot of plant bloggers and instagramers embellish massively on the benefits of plants in cleaning the air (!), but in this case they do remove some toxins, you can take NASA’s word for it.

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