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How Much & How Often to Water Majesty Palm? Signs & Care

Majesty Palm indoor

Majesty palms, or majestic palms, are very popular indoor plants. They can grow large and expansive and are relatively low maintenance. Palms are a great way to add some texture and color to an indoor space. But how much should you water your majesty palm?

Majesty palms are used to warm tropical environments with abundant water. Getting your majesty palm into a satisfying watering pattern is relatively easy, but it does take a little bit of knowledge to get it exactly right. The last thing you want is your beautiful emerald palm turning into a brown nightmare in the middle of your home.

Here is how much and how often you should water your majesty palm for the best results.

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How Much to Water A Majesty Palm

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Watering a majesty palm is easy. You just need to put water into the pot until it starts to run clear out of the bottom. In order to achieve this, you need a pot with drainage holes drilled through the bottom and loose, well-draining tropical soil. If you have the right pot and the right soil, you simply need to run the water through.

For small palms in small containers, you can simply carry the plant to the kitchen sink and run the water that way. For large pots, you might need to use a gallon jug to water the plant or use a hose if the pot is outdoors. Some majesty palms can get very large. 25-gallon pots can take as much as 25 gallons of water for large and thirsty majesty palms. That is something that should be considered when you place your majesty palm. The large plants need a large volume of water.

Every plant is different, and there is no set amount of water that a majesty palm can take. Simply wait until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. That’s it.

How Often to Water a Majesty Palm

Majesty palms require quite a bit of water. Palms are tropical plants, and in the wild, they live in hot, humid environments that receive a lot of morning dew and a lot of daily rain. That means you need to keep up with nature if you have an indoor palm. That means a lot of water.

Check your plant’s soil every couple of days for dryness. Stick your finger into the pot up to the first knuckle. If the soil is dry, the plant needs to be watered. Do not forget to check your majesty palm at least every other day, if not every day.

In dry seasons you might need to water your palm every couple of days. During temperate and humid times, you might only need to water your palm twice a week. Most majestic palms will require water at least twice a week.

Whenever your home’s AC or heat is on, your majesty palm is going to need more water. Continuously running an air conditioner or heater will dry out the air in your home, leaving your majesty palm thirstier than before. Just because the air temperature is comfortable inside the house doesn’t mean your majesty palm is happy with the amount of moisture in the air.

Misting and Humidifying Your Majesty Palm

In order to help keep your majesty palm happy and thriving, you should consider misting your palm or installing a humidifier nearby. Majesty palms will enjoy a weekly misting. Simply put distilled water into a spray bottle and spray the fawns once a week. Your majestic palm will love that. The humidifier will also help to keep the air moist around the plant, which will cause you to have to water the plant less frequently.

You can also consider putting your plant in a humid area of your house, like a large bathroom or near a shower. The ambient humidity created in wet areas of the house can also naturally help your majesty palm without having to invest in a humidifier. Without misting or humidifying, your palm will need water more often, and it will need to be checked frequently for dryness.

Kitten and Majesty Palm Plant
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Can You Overwater a Majesty Palm?

Yes. You can still overwater a majesty palm. One mistake people can make is thinking that since a plant likes a wet and humid environment, it cannot be overwatered. If you water a majesty palm when the soil is still wet or if you have compacted and poorly draining soil, you can harm or even kill your palm. Majesty palms need a lot of water, but you can still overwater them if you are not careful. Only water the plant when the soil is dry.

Signs You Are Overwatering or Underwatering Your Majesty Palm

Majesty palms are pretty easy to read. When they are receiving too much or not enough water, they will start to turn brown. Majesty palms that are thriving are a bright emerald green. The leaves are firm and brightly colored. A majesty palm that is receiving the wrong amount of water will turn brown. First, the tips of the fawns will start browning, and then the entire leaves will turn brown. The plant will droop. These signs are very noticeable and will let you know that you need to adjust your watering schedule.

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Majesty palms need frequent watering and a lot of water and humidity to thrive. Do not neglect to check your plant’s soil every few days to ensure that it is moist. It’s easy to let a majesty palm dry out if you are not careful. It is also easy to overwater the palm if you just dump water onto the plant without checking the moisture first. Luckily, majesty palms quickly turn brown when they are unhappy.

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