Areca Palm

Origin: Madagascar
Botanical Name: Dypsis lutescens
Family: Araceae

Also called, Golden Feather Palm and Golden Butterfly Palm, often conjures up ideas of sun-soaked holidays and its symbolic strength does indeed come from its association as a solar symbol.


🔆Light
Bright indirect sunlight all year-round. Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.


💧 Water
Water thoroughly to wet all the roots, then allow the top 1”- 4” (2.5-10cm) of the soil dry out between waterings depends on the planter size. Avoid getting the base of the palm wet to prevent root rot and use a container with drainage holes.


☁️ Humidity
Average room with relative humidity. Indoor air can become extremely dry in the winter. The most efficient way to increase the palms humidity is water-spray the leaves 2-3 times a week or use a cool-mist-room humidifier.


🌡️ Temperature
(21-27°C) at daytime, and (13-16°C) at night. Hot weather and direct sunlight may burn the leaves.


🧴️ Food
Palms houseplants are slow growing plants and not heavy feeders. Feed monthly in spring and summer with a specially made fertilizer for palms.


🐾 Toxicity
Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses according to ASPCA.


➕ Additional Tips
Areca Palms are not very forgiving of being overwatered. If your Areca Palm is left to sit in waterlogged soil for long, root rot will set in. This leads to the plant being unable to absorb the water and nutrients that it needs from the soil, and you will see brown tips, leading to brown leaves, and eventually browning of the entire plant.


⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).