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Old May 22nd, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Default Please help me determine this palm

I recently inherited this palm from a friend of mine who moved out west (I am in MD), and is in need of some TLC. I have tried to google search and determine the type of palm that it is so that I can starting taking correct care of it. In the current condition, one of the fonds is drooping to the point of bending, and the tips are brown on some of the fonds. I did drill holes in the bottom of the pot as it did not have and and I watered it until water was running out the bottom to hopefully flush some of the old moisture out. Any help would be great! Thanks in advance.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:53 PM
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Default Ravenea rivularis


The tree is a Ravenea rivularis, or commonly called a Majesty or Majestic Palm. It is from Madagascar and grows naturally on the banks of rivers. That being said, it requires a lot of water.

It is a fairly quick grower and pretty hardy as well; it can take temperatures down to the mid 20s. It also does well as a house plant as long as you can keep up with its water requirements. Too little water will causes the leaves to turn yellow (and it takes months for them to become green again), but be careful because too much water will cause root rot.

I sounds like you did the right thing by flushing out the old water, just make sure not to every let the soil dry out. Water it again after the top inch or two drys out and you should be fine. It can handle full sun just fine so the sunnier the location the better.

Let me know how it goes!

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