Ravenea rivularis – Majestic Palm (PM)


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  • Ravenea rivularis majestic Palm
  • Common name: Majestic Palm or Majesty Palm
  • Family: Arecaceae
  • Native to Madagascar/Africa
  • Height: 10 – 30 Feet in the wild, up to 6 metres wide base
  • Self-cleaning; drops old fronds
  • Fertilise with slow-release palm fertiliser twice a year
  • Hardy in the wild, can tolerate some colder temperatures
  • Likes full sun to part shade
  • Well-draining soil, peat, acidic
  • Popular tropical landscape tree with bright green fronds

Indoor plant 

  • Slow grower, up to 10 feet. Spray with warm water; likes humidity
  • Keep pot moist in spring and summer; brown leaves are a sign it is too dry. Don’t overwater – yellowing leaves
  • Likes indirect light
  • For insect infestation, eg mealy bug, treat with Insecticidal soap spray
  • Fertilise indoor plants with magnesium-rich, calcium palm fertiliser every 3-4 months
  • Prune old brown fronds/leaves close to the base. Don’t prune leaves with green on them


  • Soak seeds in water for 24-48 hours
  • Fill a pot with a light seed-raising mix, eg ⅔ peat moss, ⅓  perlite
  • Push seeds just under the surface
  • Keep moist and cover with glad wrap 
  • Place pot in a warm position, but not in full sun


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