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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Home DecorHouseplants

5 Things to Know About Majesty Palms

Majesty palm (Ravenea rivularis) is an easy-care plant that adds classic good looks to indoor and outdoor spaces. A bit of a chameleon when it comes to decorating, this palm has a decidedly tropical look, yet also -- almost magically -- seems to fit well in just about every other style, from modern contemporary to comfy cottage. Its delicate-looking fronds seem to be just what the doctor ordered whenever you're looking for a textural plant. Here are five things to know about majesty palms.

1. Majesty Palms Like it Wet
Unlike most palms, which we typically think of as drought tolerant, majesty palms are actually native to wet areas in Madagascar. No matter where you're growing one, keep it well watered to ensure it stays happy. In fact, you can even grow a majesty palm at the edge of a pond or water garden (as long as its roots doesn't stay constantly submerged). If you're looking for a palm that likes it dry, you're better off selecting a pygmy date palm or other species. 

2. Majesty Palms Don't Mind Shade
Here's another way majesty palms would seem to break the rules -- they don't mind shade. In fact, those we grow prefer it. This is one thing that makes them one of the easier houseplant palms to care for. Because they -- like me -- prefer to live out of the hot afternoon sun, majesty palms are perfect companions for impatiens, wishbone flower, and coleus. 

3. Majesty Palms Like Humidity
One thing that can make majesty palm a challenge to grow indoors (especially in winter) is that this palm prefers plenty of humidity in the air. Average humidity is fine, but above-average levels of moisture in the air will really help it to thrive. If you live in an especially dry climate, you may want to look for a different species of palm that doesn't mind dry air. 

4. Majesty Palm is Endangered in the Wild
Despite the fact that we grow so many majesty palms here at Costa Farms, the plant is actually endangered in its native habitat. In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) estimates there are only about 900 trees left in their native habitat -- and habitat is being lost to logging and mining.

5. Majesty Palm is a Slow Grower
One thing that makes majesty palm useful, especially as a houseplant, is that it's not a fast grower -- so you don't need to worry about it growing taller than your ceiling anytime soon. The same goes for plants grown outside. They tend to stay tidy and maintain their size. 

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