Majesty Palm plants are some of the most popular plants around. They’re easy to care for, and they add a touch of greenery to any setting. But how often should you water them? And how can you tell if your plant is getting too much or too little water?
Majesty Palm plants should be watered about once a week. These plants grow best in warm, moist, bright environments, so be sure to water them whenever the top inch of soil is dry. While watering once a week is a good guideline, these tropicals may need watering 2-3 times per week if grown in dry environments (especially if they are planted in a small pot).
Read on to learn all about how often to water Majesty Palm plants!
How often to water Majesty Palm plants indoors
In general, you should water your indoor Majesty Palm plant once a week. Check the soil before watering to see if it’s dry. If the top inch of soil is dry, give the plant a good drink. Let the excess water drain out of the bottom of the pot, and empty any that remains in the saucer.
Majesty palm trees are generally watered more often than many other houseplants. These tropical trees grow best in soil that is consistently moist (but not soggy with stagnant water). Majesty palm trees grow naturally near streams and do not mind wet soil as long as the water is fresh and root respiration is enabled.
While it makes sense to let the top inch of soil dry out, try not to let the majority of the soil dry out completely. Water quite frequently in the spring through to early fall, but decrease watering during the winter when the days are shorter. If the soil becomes crusty at the top over time, take a chopstick or a kitchen skewer and poke holes in the top few inches of soil to allow water to seep into the soil rather than run down the sides of the desiccated root ball.
The frequency with which you’ll need to water your Majesty Palm plant will depend on a few factors, like the size of the pot and the type of soil. If you have a small pot, you’ll need to water it more often than if you have a large pot. And if your soil is very sandy, it will drain more quickly than if it’s loamy or clay-based.
How often to water Majesty Palm plants outdoors
If you have a Majesty Palm plant that’s growing outdoors, it will need more water during hot weather than one that’s growing indoors. This is especially true if it is growing in a small pot. Outdoor plants can be watered once or twice a week, depending on the weather and how hot it is. Again, check the soil before watering to see if it’s dry. If it is, then give the plant a good drink.
As with indoor plants, the type of soil will also affect how often you need to water your outdoor majesty palm plant. If your soil is very sandy, it will drain more quickly than if it’s loamy or high in clay.
What happens if you overwater or underwater a Majesty Palm plant?
If you overwater your Majesty Palm plant, the leaves will start to yellow and the plant will become limp. The leaves may also develop brown spots. If you think you’re watering your plant too much, cut back on how often you’re watering it and check the soil before giving it any more water.
Under-watering a Majesty Palm plant will cause the leaves to turn brown and crisp. The plant may also stop growing. If you think you’re not watering your plant enough, water it more often and make sure the soil is always moist.
How to tell if your Majesty Palm plant is getting enough water
There are a few things you can look for to see if your Majesty Palm plant is getting enough water. The first is the color of the leaves. If they’re green, then the plant is doing well. Another thing to look for is new growth. If your plant is growing new leaves, then it’s likely getting enough water. Finally, check the soil. If it’s moist, then your plant is getting enough water.
Should I water my Majesty Palm daily?
You should not water your Majesty Palm plant daily. This will potentially cause the roots to rot and the plant to die. While these plants do like lots of water, their roots also require access to air. Watering once or twice a week is sufficient in most growing environments. Daily watering may make sense for outdoor trees in sunny areas during a heatwave, but in general, daily watering is discouraged.
Tips for watering Majesty Palm trees
Young majesty palms grown as potted houseplants generally do not yet have a trunk and instead have a crown of leaves at the base. When watering majesty palms, pour the water onto the soil around the base of the plant.
Avoid pouring water in or around the crown of the plant, as this can lead to rot. Rot is particularly common at the tips of new fronds which may be damaged by rot before they have a chance to emerge and unfurl. Since these trees are slow-growing and don’t produce too many fronds each year, it makes sense to avoid watering the base of the fronds completely.
Should you mist Majesty Palm trees?
Moderate air humidity is important for majesty palms. These trees thrive in moist air just as much as they thrive in moist soil. Indoors, Misting is generally ineffective and can lead to water spots on the leaves that are difficult to remove. In general, if humans are comfortable with the air humidity, then houseplants will be too, but majesty palm certainly prefers air on the humid side.
In dry climates, a humidifier is recommended for increasing indoor humidity. In our home, I use a whole-house humidifier to keep the air at a minimum of 40%-50% humidity during our dry winter season. This keeps the leaves from becoming overly dry (and is more comfortable for me as well) and reduces the occurrence of brown tips.