ARECA PALM CARE GUIDE
Also known as the golden cane palm, butterfly palm and yellow palm, Areca palms are native to Madagascar but can be found in parts of Florida and Western Caribbean.
The Areca palm will be happiest in a partly sunny room or filtered bright light. These particular palms do grow in the sun but be careful to avoid any midday sun that could burn the foliage.
In the summer months the Areca palm may need watering once or twice a week. Keep the soil slightly moist without letting the soil dry out too much. In the winter the palm will need much less. Always check the soil and never water if the soil remains wet.
The Areca palm is a humidity loving plant and will benefit from slightly higher humidity levels. To increase humidity, use a humidifier and mist every 2-3 days. If good light is available the palm is an ideal bathroom plant.
The perfect indoor temperature for the Areca palm is between 18-24ºC degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C, the palm will be happy.
Fertilise every 4-6 weeks with a slow release formula in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
The Areca palm is a slow grower and prefers to be root bound. Repotting is only required once every 2-3 years.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ARECA PALM
Yellow leaves - The yellow fonds can be a sign of underwatering. If the soil dries out completely the fonds will turn yellow to indicate it’s ready for a drink.
Brown Tips -The crispy or dry edges are a sign that the Areca palm is lacking humidity. Increase humidity levels by misting the foliage every 2-3 days or move the palm to the bathroom.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Clean the Areca palms foliage weekly with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
Top tip 2: While the Areca palm enjoys the sun, keep the foliage away from direct midday sunlight. This will burn the foliage.
Top tip 3: Place the Areca palm in the bedroom. The palm will purify the air while you sleep.