Areca Palm FAQ, growing, care & benefits

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Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a houseplant with tall yellow stems that support its leaves. Hence, this plant is also known as “golden cane”. This feature is also echoed by its Latin name lutescens, which means “becoming yellow”.

However, If its leaves turn yellow, it may mean that the plant is getting too much sun or too much water.

Areca Palm is also known as the “butterfly palm” because its structure resembles the shape of a butterfly’s wings.

Areca palm is one of the most widely used palms for bright interiors.

Also, you may be interested to read about Aloe Vera, and Snake plant, which are also very popular houseplants with many benefits.


Areca Palm as air purifier | benefits of areca palm

Leaves of Areca Palm are very effective at extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) through photosynthesis and filtering levels of carbon monoxide (CO) from the air and replacing these with O2.

Areca Palm is known to bring structural elegance and clean air.

How to position or place Areca Palm?

  • Areca Palm grows well in a bright room out of direct sunlight.
  • If its leaves turn yellow, it may mean that the plant is getting too much sun or too much water.
  • Temperature drop below 60°F (15°C) to be avoided, as this may discolor the leaves.

How to Care Areca Palm

  • When in growth, water to keep the soil moist but not wet, and give a monthly balanced liquid feed.
  • Water infrequently during winter.
  • This Areca Palm plant is sensitive to fluoride, which is found sometimes in some tap water. Fluoride can build up in its leaves, impacting the photosynthesis process and making its leaves turn yellow or dry. In this case, distilled water or rainwater may be used. (see reference)

How to Pot

  • It is suggested to Repot every 3 years in spring into the next pot size up.
  • The main reason for repotting Areca palm houseplants is to replace the old potting soil and remove fertilizer salt deposits that accumulate in the soil and on the sides of the pot.
  • Use of a free-draining potting mix is suggested since these plants hate overly damp conditions.

Sunlight & Water requirements for Areca Palm

Sunlight for Areca Palm Areca Palm grows well in a bright room out of direct sunlight.

If its leaves turn yellow, it may mean that the plant is getting too much sun or too much water.

Temperature drop below 60°F (15°C) to be avoided, as this may discolor the leaves.
Water for Areca Palm When in growth, water to keep the soil moist but not wet, and give a monthly balanced liquid feed.

Water infrequently during winter.
sunlight & water requirements for Areca Palm plants

Reference:

  1. “My house plant changed my life” – book by David Domoney, DK
  2. “House Plant Party” – by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf