Majesty palm trimming........

meyersk76July 19, 2006

Am I in for a heap of trouble if I trim my majesty palm in order to keep it around 7 ft tall? I'm buying it at ~6 ft(leaf span). I know this is a huge no-no, but it's what fits, looks nice, etc right now for the particular area of my house. Any help or opinions?

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orchiddude(+7b ALabama)

What are you going to cut?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 3:31PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

I was wondering that too as it looks quite nice and tidy as it is. Hard to get a sense of scale tho.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 3:47PM
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I didn't mean to have that link up there. It's just a pic on the web. Just mainly wanted to know if I were to trim the leaves, would I be risking no re-growth? I assume everything grows back(leave wise) but I'm knew to this whole plant/palm venture

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 4:52PM
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flound_1129(10a/sunset17 CA)

you can trim the leaves, but you will have to trim them shorter and shorter to keep the palm at 7 feet, and eventually the trunk will be 7 feet tall. Majesty palms can reach 100 feet tall, they're not really the best species to plant if you are looking to control height. Return it or plant it somewhere else, and put a Pygmy date or other dwarf palm in its place.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 1:35AM
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vireyafl(710 FL)

No everything does not grow back 'leaf wise'. If you trim the end of a frond, that is it-it won't grow back but the whole frond will eventually go brown and die and can be removed. Trimming the end of a frond would make the palm look pretty ugly IMO. The top of the trunk where the fronds emerge is the growing point of the palm and if you damage that the palm will die, so you cannot pull fronds out of there in order to restrict size. As stated above the Majesty palm is a huge palm so you might be better off with a smaller palm and if you want to grow it inside choose a low light variety.
Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 9:39PM
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