Tips about Caring for Majestic Palms (Ravenea rivularis)

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Majestic palms (Ravenea rivularis) are characterized by their bright green, symmetrical leaves, untidy crown and slightly swollen base. They are a favourite among landscapers and gardening enthusiasts when they're going for that distinctly tropical island feel. They will tolerate cold to -3 degrees c, shaded areas and other plants towering overhead.

If you are thinking about adding a Majestic palm to your garden, here are some tips that you can review.

Fertilize! Fertilize! Fertilize!

Probably the only maintenance that you will need to do regularly is to apply fertilizer to avoid any nutritional deficiency. You can use a regular palm fertilizer with a 3-1-3 ratio for smaller plants and 15-5-15 ratio for bigger plants of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  Be careful when applying the fertilizer and follow the package instructions.

For slow release fertilizers, apply it once or twice on summer when the palms are growing. Avoid applying it every month as it might overwhelm and burn your plants.  Also add fertilizers that have magnesium and calcium so that your plant will truly get all the nutrients it needs.

Over-fertilizing your plant is just as dangerous as a deficiency

Consistent watering

Majestic Palms like a very moist soil. During the summer or warmer months, you may need to water your palm every 2 days to keep the soil from drying out. If you notice that the soil of your palm is drying out, be sure to be more vigilant in watering.

If you see yellowing fronds, it could be a sign of overwatering.  If this happens, let the soil dry out a bit before watering again.

Browning fronds however are signs that your Majestic palm is not getting enough water. Also mist the plant daily to simulate the humid climate that it loves.


You may prune diseased, damaged or drying fronds on Majestic palms.  When new fronds grow on the top of its crown, older leaves brown at the bottom.  Do not prune if the frond still has some green colour. Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds.

When pruning, cut 3 inches from the trunk or just pull out the fronds that you wish to remove. Leave green and healthy fronds alone! As much as possible, leave the healthy fronds untouched to keep the plant healthy.

Palms only have a set number of new leaves that can sprout and grow per year and removing fronds will not increase that number.  If you cut off more than what will grow annually, you could be left with a pretty bare and bald Majestic.

When pruning make sure that you use clean and sanitized equipment to avoid infection and disease.  You 

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