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How do you fertilize a majesty palm?

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The majesty palm is a fast growing palm that does well as an immature plant inside the home, but reaches 10 to 15 feet at maturity and requires transplanting outside. Originating from the subtropical swamps of Madagascar, the plant prefers a warm, humid environment. Regular feeding ensures the plant remains healthy.

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  1. Select the right food

    Feed your majesty palm with a slow release 5-15-5 fertilizer. These numbers represent percentages of available nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, respectively. Choose a slow release fertilizer to provide continual feeding while reducing the time required caring for the palm. Slow release formulas are less likely to cause fertilizer burn in palms.

  2. Feed during growing season

    Apply the fertilizer twice during the growing season, but stop feeding as days get shorter and the plant enters a period of slower growth. Keep the soil moist but not drenched to allow the feeder roots to uptake the food.

  3. Provide micronutrients

    If your slow release fertilizer does not supply magnesium, add 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts to the pot once per month. If possible, choose a fertilizer that supplies calcium or add a supplement monthly.

  4. Remove yellowed fronds

    Dying or diseased fronds use food and energy from the plant. Remove these by tugging gently. Remove firmly attached fronds by cutting with a saw or lopping shears.

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