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Hello All! I have researched online for over 2 weeks now, and still need help with my majesty palm. I bought two 5′ high Majesty Palms from IKEA about a month ago. They look beautiful, and there is plenty of new growth. They do not appear to have spider mites or scales or aphids. However, every time I water them, many tiny whitish worm/centipede-like bugs come out of the bottom of the pot. These wormy bugs do not seem to match the description of any common houseplant pests that I have read about. Can anyone help me to identify them and give me some advice on how to get rid of them? I have tried immersing the bottom of the plant in water for 1 hour, as many sites recommended. I sprayed the plant with soapy water. I have also just bought organic neem oil, but am not sure if this will work, and I do not want to stress this plant any further. Also, would it be better to repot the plant after I get rid of these pests or before? Thank you in advance!
I would suggest you contact your local extension office (found in the gov't section of your phone book) I too have researched this problem and can find nothing in the way of pests of palm trees that matches your description. The extension agent should be able to get a better idea of what your dealing with and how to treat it.
My indoor Majestic palm has a lot of small white spots on it. I looked at the picture at fungi, and the spots were way too big. I’m experiencing a lot (hundreds) of small spots about the size of ball point pen head, and smaller.
It is palm scale. Neem oil is a good treatment. These articles should help:
Recently, my plant has begun to take a turn for the worst (see pictures). The tips are turning brown and curling, there are brown and dry spots mid leaf, there are white spots mid leaf, and there are parts that are losing its green color. I have also noticed a white powder which is mostly gathered between the stalks in the plant.
I have looked up pests and I think it might possibly be thrips but I am unsure. When I pull the stalks apart, I see a few tiny tiny bugs that scatter. I recently bought a fungicide and sprayed the plant, but I am unsure if that was the right step to take. Any help you could give is greatly appreciated!!
(P.S. I have additional pictures of trouble areas if you would like me to send them)
If you see insects and white spots, yes, I would say there is an infestation.
The yellowing leaves are most likely do the stress and insects, but check watering.
Water when the top surface becomes dry, soil should be damp but not soggy.
Neem Oil is a good treatment. It works as both an insecticide and fungicide.
Here are some links for you.
About a month or so ago I bought this gorgeous Majesty Palm. I live in Colorado and I am always trying to bring the tropics to me. I have lost many plants because we have a very dry climate. I keep the palm indoors near a sliding door so it can get lots of diffused light. One of the leaves started to turn brown so I automatically thought it was losing a leaf – natural occurrence right? So when it became ugly I cut it off. Then I read that the leaves should be allowed to fall off somewhat naturally because if they are cut off it can lead to disease. Then the new leaf began to open so I thought all is well. Now I have several leaves (almost all except the new leaf) are turning brown. I looked closely at one of the leaves and notice a fine weblike substance between the inner leaves (see attached photo). I think the palm may have some kind of disease or insect infestation. Can you help???
It does appear that the plant has suffered from too much sunlight. It needs a bright but indirect light location.
An East facing window or 5 feet from a sunny window location.
Your plant is also infected with Spider Mites.
These links will help you.
My 3 majestic palms all have clumps of white powder on them … it happened quickly, and is worse on one. They were outdoors on a hot but mostly sun-free deck for a few months and are now all inside.
This sounds like a Scale pest issue.
The plants should be treated with Neem Oil.
I would isolate the palm from other plants.
If the fronds begin drying out at the tips and it moves down the leaf, causing the leaves to brown, the palm is too dry. If the leaves turn yellow, the soil may be too wet.