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How do you care for a majestic palm that is moved from outdoors to indoors?

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Care for a majestic palm indoors by providing the right amounts of water, light and fertilizer. Providing the right kind of soil and checking for bugs helps the majestic palm transition from outdoors to indoors.

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Majestic palms should be watered until the soil is moist but not soggy or waterlogged. Overwatering can cause problems for the palms but so can underwatering. Allowing the soil to become too dry leads to loss of lower leaves.

Place the majestic palm in an area that provides a good amount of light but not direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause scorching of the leaves of the palm. Provide more water and fertilizer, and move the palm to an area out of the sun if scorching occurs. If the leaves begin to look bleached, the plant needs more sunlight. Move the pot to an area with more indirect light.

Majestic palms don't need fertilizer during the winter. Give the plant a weak liquid fertilizer mixture not more than twice a week during the summer. Reduce the fertilizer if the plant starts to stretch out. Apply a very small amount of Epsom salts once a month to supply magnesium to the palm.

The palm plants need a soil that drains well and is acidic. Peat-based soil mixtures work well for indoor majestic palms. Because the plants grow so quickly, they may need to be repotted often. Continue to use well-draining peat soil in the larger pots.

Keep bugs in check when moving plants indoors. Mites, aphids, mealy bugs and white flies can all be damaging to majestic palms. Remove and control pests to allow palms to flourish inside.

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