Areca (Palm) - Care tips
The Areca is a genus of 51 species of palms. The Areca palm belongs to the Araceae family, also known as Palmae. Originating from the humid and tropical forests of Malaysia, India, islands of the Philippines and across Southeast Asia, Areca palms are not only beautiful and jungle-like, they are also great air purifiers. Areca palm neutralizes dangerous substances by absorbing them and transforming CO2 into oxygen. Moreover, Areca palm can regulate the humidity of a room! The Areca palm has several names, such as: golden cane palm, Dypsis, yellow palm and butterfly palm. The Latin name is; Chrysalidocarpus Lutecens.
Areca plant care tips
Light and placement for Areca
As the Areca Lutescens originally grows in tropical forests, under and between larger trees, it is ideal to put your green palm in a light position without direct sunlight on the leaves. If your plant is happy, she will thank you by growing faster and her leaves will turn a dark green. The best place is a north-facing window. Make sure the temperature is between 18°C and 25°C. If you see that the leaves are starting to turn brown at this time, it means that your green lady is suffering from cold air and you should take her out of the draughty room.
Areca palm does not like soggy feet, so make sure you do not over-water your green friend! The amount of water your palm needs depends on many factors: its height, the humidity of the location and where your plant is housed. Regular little doses of water are best, as your green lady doesn't like dry soil either. In summer, once a week is enough, but in winter you can take it a bit easier and only water her once every fortnight. You can also check the soil: it should be dark brown, which means that it is not dry. If it is almost black, it is too wet!
If you want your Areca to grow fast and healthy, give her some plant food like our PLNTS nutrition. Once a week is enough. You will see your beloved palm grow very fast in the growth season in Spring!
Propagating an Areca palm is not difficult. To get more babies of your favorite tropical beauty, the division is the best way to grow more Areca. When repoting the Areca, gently divide the plant in two or more sections. Little tip from PLNTS: water your plant the day before, so the soil gets loosened up and it’s easier to divide the roots!
Most common pests on Areca
Areca palm normally doesn’t attract that much pest. These beauties are, when not completely healthy, pretty sensitive to spider mites. So don’t forget to often take a look at your plant, and make sure there is no little web under the leaves. Thrips can attack your plant too, but they are more difficult to recognize. If you want to be sure to know what kind of pest your plant is dealing with, check our PLNTSdoctor page to recognise and eliminate your plant pests! If you are interested in biologic pest control, you can take a look at our shop too.
Are Areca poisonous for your pets or children?
The good thing with Areca palm is that she doesn’t have any defects. She’s an air purifying plant, she helps control the humidity in the air, she absorbs harmful substances and she’s not toxic for pets or children. So you can be reassured, your four-legged friend will be the best friend of your Areca Palm!
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