Areca Palm Plant - Dypsis lutescens
If you’re looking to add a tropical vibe to your home, nothing beats a palm plant. Though palm trees have limited outdoor ranges, once you look for them, you’ll start noticing areca palms in interiors everywhere, from offices to shopping malls. They’re widely available, easy to grow, and their lush foliage even helps remove some toxins from the air. It’s no wonder they’re popular! If you’re ready to grow your own, here are the basics.
Light & Temperature
Don’t let anyone tell you differently, the Areca Palm Plant needs lots of light. You might be able to move it to low/medium light for special occasions, but if you want it to last, you’ll need to have it parked in a very bright spot nearly fulltime. Avoid direct sunlight as this may cause leaf burn. Home temperatures between 60°F (16°C) to 75°F (24°C) are fine, but sudden temperature drops or cold drafts can lead to brown spots on the leaves
Like many palms, Areca Palm Plant like moist soil, but they are sensitive to overwatering and cannot tolerate being waterlogged or sitting in a water-saturated potting mix. So let the soil or potting mix dry out slightly between waterings. Areca palms also are sensitive to fluoridated water, so use distilled water or collected rainwater.
You won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it. That’s because there are residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated. After 6 months, feed your Areca Palm Plant monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended strength. But don’t let the yellow stems and petioles fool you in to thinking it needs more nutrients because the yellow color is a natural characteristic of the plant.
Propagating Areca Palm Plant
Here is a step-by-step guide to propagating an Areca Palm Plant by division:
- Make sure that the Areca Palm plant you choose for propagating is mature and ready for propagation. It should have multiple strong stems that can be divided easily by identifying the roots that feed them.
- Although you can divide an Areca Palm at any time, it is best done in Spring when the plant is starting to grow strongly.
- Before dividing the stems from the main plant, remember to water it well the day before so that the soil gets loosened up a bit which ultimately allows you to separate the roots more easily.
- When removing Areca Palm from its pot, pat the sides of the pot to loosen the root ball thereby allowing the plant to come out of its container with minimal effort on your part.
- Once your Areca Palm is out of the container, gently shake the soil off its roots and try to identify the roots attached to different stems.
- Try to pick groups of at least 4-5 stems to divide from the parent plant. One or two stems alone will not produce sufficiently bushy growth.
- Once you have identified the stems to be divided, use a sharp knife to cut them away from the parent plant. Make sure to preserve all the major roots feeding the stems and try your best to keep smaller roots intact if possible.
- Place the newly divided offspring into a pot containing a mixture of standard potting mix and coarse sand in a ratio of 2:1.
- Water your newly divided plants thoroughly, ensuring that the root ball is nicely moist. Make sure to let any excess water.
Plant Care Tips For Areca Palm Plant
Cleaning – This plant, with its numerous stems and plentiful leaves and leaflets can be a challenge to clean. While we still prefer a cleaning regimen with damp cloth soaked in water and a light soap solution, it would be okay to break out the feather duster on this plant. Make sure your feather duster is clean though because it’s a great way to inadvertently spread spider mites and other critters.
Pruning – Older leaves will turn brown (especially if you let it dry out) and you can just prune them off at the base of the stem. Eventually, too, the sheaths around the stem will get brown and once they’re brown, you should be able to just peel them off the stem and expose the fresh, powder-coated stem beneath.
Mealybugs or scale may hide under stems and leaves. To remove the pests, use a spray bottle of water or wipe the insects off gently with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cotton swab. Repeated applications will be necessary to remove the pests’ offspring. If the plant is too heavily infested, it may be better to take a clean cutting from it and start anew.
Root rot is caused by excessive moisture in the soil. Let the soil dry out between waterings.
Brown leaf tips may appear if the air is too dry. Consider moving the plant to a more humid spot, or otherwise increasing the humidity.
If there’s mould developing on the soil’s surface, it may denote over-watering and a too dark location.
Our Favourable Aspects
- Excess water gets stored in the reservoir below, the roots then absorb water via capillary action and the plants get water as and when required. It allows you to water less frequently making the plant easy to care for.
- It’s a mixture of appropriate amounts of soil, cocopeat & organic vermicompost. Provides best environment to the plant’s roots. It also contains slow-release Fertilizer which gives nutrients to the plants every time it is watered for 6 months.
- Plant is secured in a good quality cardboard packaging. Inner Box holds the potted plant in place so that any movement during transit does not affect the plant. Outer box has slits which allow the plant to breathe freely during transit.