The Majesty Palm: Why You Shouldn't Grow it Indoors

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Majesty Palm Benefits

Garden centers and local nurseries are always full of great plants you can successfully grown indoors in your home. However, the Majesty Palm tree is not one of them. This is important to understand so you won't make a mistake of trying to grow a Majesty Palm indoors.

The good news is that there are many types of palms that can be grown indoors. The Bamboo Palm is one of them. These palms can thrive indoors if you provide them with care and appropriate water and light requirements.

The Majesty palm, however, is usually unable to survive the stress it faces indoors. This is why it's not suitable for a houseplant.

Majesty Palm: Basic Information

The Majesty Palm (Ravenea Rivularis) is a beautiful palm that can do well if planted outdoors, especially on places such as south Florida. It has certain requirements (such as lots of water, heavy feed and bright light/full sun), which makes it unsuitable for a house plant. It's simply not a good plant to keep indoors.

Why can't this plant be grown indoors? It's precisely because of the requirements and environmental factors it requires. A Majesty Palm requires lots (and lots) of:

  • Light
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

None of it can be provided indoors. If kept in the house, the palm will yellow and decline in health and appearance. It also attracts spider mites.

Why Do Garden Centers Carry This Plant?

One would think that a plant that's clearly not suitable for indoor care wouldn't be offered as a houseplant. However, it's possible to find the Majestic Plant in many nurseries and garden centers. So why would these garden centers and nurseries carry this plant?

There are numerous reasons. One of the main are the policies employed by nurseries and garden centers. Nurseries and garden centers are always looking for new plants to offer. It's also important for plants offered on these places to fit certain price points. Nurseries and garden centers often have to do what the corporate office demands. This is why they often don't pay attention to the fact that certain plants, such as the Majestic Palm, are not suitable for indoor care.


If you wish to grow a palm indoors, there are many good choices. Here are some recommendations:

  • Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans "Bella")
  • Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefrizii)
  • Kentia Palm (Howea Fosteriana)
  • Chamaedorea Metallica
  • Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

Photo credit: Carol VanHook

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