How to take care of your...Areca Palm

by Lea charpier on August 15, 2020

Where to grow your indoor Areca Palm?

A key factor in successfully growing Areca Palm indoors is providing just the right amount of light.  They need bright, indirect light.  A window-sill that receives lots of natural daylight will be the best place for the plant, and if necessary, filter direct sunlight with blinds or curtains. 

How often should you water Areca Palm?

The care of Areca Palms indoors is not difficult, but the plant won’t tolerate neglect. Overwatering this plant is a surefire way to kill it, so water sparingly and with caution. To make sure your Areca Palm does not get too much water, you should allow the soil to dry out between each watering during winter.  Test the soil by dipping in a finger.  If you can feel moisture in the top inch or two of the soil, then it means the plant isn’t ready for another watering.  Wait a day or two before testing again.  During summer, you should work to maintain a slightly moist soil for your Areca Palm, NEVER letting it completely to dry out, but also not allowing it to sit in wet soil. Once you ascertain roughly how long your Areca Plant likes between each watering, you will be able to organize your watering into a more regular schedule.

What is the best fertilizer for Areca Palms?

A general all-purpose feed every month or so (except in Winter when you should not give any) is all you need to provide.

Why are the leaves on my Areca Palm turning brown?

Too much fertilizer can harm indoor Areca Palms and improper watering can cause brown leaf tips and margins.  When fertilizer builds up and soil is allowed to dry out, it can cause leaf burn.  Brown edges of tips is also a sign of very dry air so increase the humidity to help prevent this.  Avoid too much direct sunlight.  Symptoms include gray of brown-coloured scorched leaves and leaves that shrivel and die.

Why are the leaves on my Areca Palm turning yellow?

Yellow STEMS are normal -  it’s why the Areca Palm sometimes goes by the name of “Golden Cane”.  However, yellow LEAVES are a concern.  Often this is a strong sign that the root ball has been allowed to totally dry out for a prolonged period.  Remember to try to keep the soil moist for most of the year and only a little damp in Winter.



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