Areca Palm - Plant
The Areca Palm is one of the most popular and graceful palms. It is tolerant of the indoor environment, releases copious amounts of moisture into the air. Additionally, the areca is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins tested.
The Areca Palm is a tree or shrub-like plant with graceful, long feather-shaped fronds.
Planting & Care
Sunlight: This plant is best kept in semi-sun.
Soil: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy soil : moist but well-drained.
- Watering: Keep palms relatively moist.
- In spring and summer, or when temperatures are warm and days are longer, water them as soon as their soil feels dry a little below the surface.
- Allow the soil to get slightly drier in winter. It's important that potting soil drains well and containers you use have functioning drain holes.
- Water palms thoroughly, then spill or siphon off excess water that collects in the tray or saucer below the pot. The Areca Palm is fussier about over-watering, and more prone to root rot than others.
Temprature: They can handle a winter rest in cooler conditions, not less than 50 F. (10 C.). They do tolerate central heating.
Fertilizer: Feed your palm regularly during the growing season. If possible, use a palm fertilizer, which will contain all the micro nutrients and extra potassium and manganese. Potassium deficiency is especially common in palms—it shows up in yellowing or brownish fronds.
- Palms grow best when you let their roots fill the pot.
- They need soil-based potting compost and should not be repotted unnecessarily.
- They are sensitive to chemicals and will be damaged if you expose them to aerosol sprays.
- If you need to treat them with insecticides, be sure what you use is suitable for a palm.