How to Repot a Majesty Palm Plant

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Things You'll Need

  • Pot

  • Coffee filter

  • Potting soil

  • Knife

  • Watering can


According to the University of Florida Nassau County Extension, spring and early summer are the best times of the year to transplant a majesty palm.

In its natural habitat, the majesty palm (Ravenea rivularis) reaches roughly 20 feet in height. Domestic, container-grown majesty palms rarely reach this height. However, they grow larger as they age and mature. Occasionally repotting container-grown majesty palms compensates for this growth. An adult palm's new pot should be no more than 2 inches wider than its former home.

Step 1

Place a coffee filter over the drainage holes in the new pot to prevent the new soil from spilling.

Step 2

Fill the bottom 2 inches of the pot with moistened potting soil.

Step 3

Remove the majesty palm from its container. Turn the container on its side. Pull the majesty palm out of the container by the base of its trunk while pushing the container in the other direction. Do not force the palm. If it won't readily come out, run a large knife along the inner edge of the pot, then try pulling again.

Step 4

Examine the majesty palm's roots. Prune any that are growing out of drainage holes. If any roots have circled around the plant's root ball, pull these out gently with your fingers. If they won't budge with gentle pulling, prune them in a few spots around the root ball, then try pulling them out again.

Step 5

Place the majesty palm in its new container. The top of the root ball should sit 1 to 2 inches below the lip of the pot. If it's too low, lift the majesty palm back out and add more moistened soil to the bottom of the container.

Step 6

Add moistened potting soil to the sides of the palm's root ball. Pack it in snugly, but don't compact the soil too tightly. Don't add any soil to the top of the majesty palm's root ball.

Step 7

Water the palm until water seeps out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.


Meg Butler

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.