How to Prune a Majesty Palm

by Alex Kountry
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Majesty palms are popular houseplants because they are easy to care for and maintain. However, they can become overgrown and unruly if they are not properly pruned. In this blog post, we will show you how to prune a majesty palm so that it stays healthy and looking its best.

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Pruning Basics

Pruning is a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant. It involves the selective removal of certain parts of the plant, such as buds, leaves, branches, roots, and trunk. It can be done for aesthetic purposes, such as to shape or maintain a plant’s form, or to improve its growth or health.

Pruning tools

Pruning tools are essential for any gardener, and there are a few different types that you should consider purchasing. Hand pruners are small, handheld scissors that can be used to trim small branches and leaves. Loppers are similar to hand pruners but have longer handles, which give you more leverage to cut through thicker branches. A pruning saw is a handheld saw that can be used to cut through larger branches, and a pole saw is a long-handled saw that can be used to reach higher branches.

Before you begin pruning, you will need to gather the proper tools for the job. You will need a pair of hand pruners, a pair of loppers, a pruning saw, and a pole saw. Make sure that all of your tools are sharpened before you begin, as this will make the job easier and help you avoid damaging the plant.

Pruning techniques

Pruning is a necessary part of majesty palm care. The best time to prune is in the spring, before new growth begins. You can also prune in the fall, but be aware that the new growth will be more susceptible to cold damage.

There are two basic pruning techniques: thinning and heading. Thinning involves removing entire leaves, or fronds, from the palm. This is typically done to remove damaged or dead fronds, or to reduce the overall size of the palm. Heading involves cutting off the tips of leaves, which results in a bushier plant.

Before you start pruning, sterilize your pruning tools by soaking them in a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. This will help prevent the spread of disease. When pruning, make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves to protect your skin from the sharp leaves.

Start by removing any dead or damaged fronds. Cut these fronds off at their base, where they attach to the trunk of the palm. Next, thin out the palm by removing entire fronds. Remove no more than one-third of the total number of fronds per year. Finally, trim back any remaining leaves that are longer than 18 inches (46 cm).

If you are heading the palm, begin by trimming off any dead or damaged leaves. Then cut 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) from the tips of healthy leaves. Avoid cutting too much — if more than one-third of a leaf is removed, it may not be able to regenerate properly.

When to Prune

Majesty palms are known for being low-maintenance, but they still require some care. One important task is pruning, which should be done every 3-4 months. Pruning helps to encourage new growth, remove dead or dying leaves, and improve the overall appearance of the plant. Keep reading to learn more about how and when to prune your majesty palm.


The Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis) is an elegant, slow-growing palm that looks great as a houseplant or outdoors in mild climates. It’s easy to care for, but it does require regular pruning to keep its size under control.

Majesty palms can be pruned any time of year, but spring is the best time to do it. This is because the plant is just beginning to grow actively after its winter dormant period. Pruning in spring will encourage new growth and help the plant develop a strong, full shape.


Majesty palms are beautiful, towering plants that make a big impact in any indoor or outdoor space. But like all plants, they require a little care and attention to stay healthy and look their best. One important task is pruning, which helps encourage new growth and keep the plant looking its best.

Majesty palms should be pruned in the summer months, after the danger of frost has passed. This will help the plant focus its energy on new growth instead of trying to recover from cold damage.

To prune a majesty palm, start by removing any dead or dying leaves. Cut these leaves off at the base, as close to the trunk as possible. Next, trim back any long or overgrown branches. Cut these branches back to about 6-12 inches from the main trunk. Finally, cut off any brown or yellow leaves, as these are signs of underlying health problems.

With regular pruning, majesty palms will stay healthy and look their best for many years to come.


Prune your majesty palm in the fall, when the weather is cooler and the plant is actively growing. Use sharp, sterile pruning shears to remove yellowed or dead leaves, spent flower stalks, and any suckers (new plants) that are growing from the base of the palm. Make cuts cleanly and evenly, going all the way back to the main stem of the plant.


One of the best times to prune a majesty palm is during the winter. This will help the plant to recover from any damage that may have occurred during the previous growing season. Additionally, pruning in winter will encourage new growth in the spring.

How to Prune

Pruning a majesty palm is easy and can be done with a few simple tools. You will need a sharp knife or pruning shears, and a saw if the trunk is thick. You will also need to be aware of the plant’s growth habit.

Remove dead leaves

It is best to remove dead leaves when you see them. You can do this by gently pulling them off at the base of the leaf. If the leaf is attached to the stem with brown or yellow threads, it is best to use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut it off. Cutting off the leaf will help to prevent the spread of any diseases that may be present.

Trim yellow or brown leaves

Palm trees are generally low-maintenance, but they do require some pruning to keep them looking their best. Majesty palms (Ravenea rivularis), with their glossy green leaves and slender trunks, are especially beautiful when properly pruned.

Here are some tips on how to prune a majesty palm:

1. Trim yellow or brown leaves. These leaves are either dead or dying, and they can make your palm tree look unhealthy. Use sharp, clean pruning shears to remove the leaves, cutting them as close to the trunk as possible.

2. Cut off any dead fronds. Fronds that are brown or black in color aredead, and they should be removed from the tree. Again, use sharp, clean shears to make the cuts, and try to cut as close to the trunk as possible.

3. Trim back overgrown fronds. If some of your palm tree’s fronds are longer than others, you can trim them back to create a more uniform look. Once again, use sharp, clean shears and make sure to cut at an angle so that water can drain off of the frond’s surface.

4. Remove any suckers that appear at the base of the trunk. Suckers are small shoots that grow up from the ground around the base of the palm tree’s trunk. They compete with the main trunk for nutrients and should be removed so that your palm tree can remain healthy. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the suckers off at ground level.

Cut back fronds that are touching the ground

Start by removing any fronds that are brown or yellow, as well as any that are touching the ground. These are typically the oldest and most damaged fronds, and they can be removed without harming the plant. Use a sharp knife or shears to make clean cuts as close to the trunk as possible.

Cut back fronds that are crossing or rubbing against each other

Majesty palms (Ravenea rivularis) are attractive, low-maintenance houseplants that can provide a touch of the tropics to any indoor space. As with all plants, though, they require occasional pruning to stay healthy and looking their best.

Here are some guidelines for how to prune a majesty palm:

* Cut back fronds that are crossing or rubbing against each other. This can damage the leaves and lead to disease.
* Remove any dead or dying fronds. These can harbor pests and diseases that can harm the rest of the plant.
* Trim off any brown tips. Brown tips are usually caused by too much chemicals in the water, so check your water quality if you see this happening frequently.
* Prune back leggy growth to encourage fuller, more compact growth.
* If your majesty palm is looking overall unhealthy, you can perform a major pruning by cutting back all the fronds to about 6 inches from the trunk. This will shock the plant, but it will often stimulate new growth that is healthier and more vigorous.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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