Bring home your very own tropical/Caribbean vibe green bud. Areca Palm is a common indoor as well as an outdoor plant. It’s a favorite of many plant parents for its majestic and bold look. The plant is basically a miniature version of the Huge palm trees, also often reminding people of bamboo trees, hence the name Bamboo Palm. It’s a plant that can enhance a nature-inspired interior and also go well with a chic’ & classy interior. Not just that, it has a high tolerance for pruning. It can be a lovely addition to your living space enhancing it with its touch of positivity and greenery.
Common name: Areca palm, golden cane palm, bamboo palm
Scientific name: Dypsis lutescens
Size: Up to 7 feet in a pot. 20-30 ft in the ground.
Where to keep the plant: They prefer bright light with occasional direct sun. They can be indoors with good lighting or on the balcony.
Once every two days. Regular watering is essential, however it must be limited, care must be taken to not overwater and suffocate the plant's roots. In winters, letting the top soil get dry before watering again will prevent the plant from being waterlogged.
The plant does best in a bright setting. Keeping it exposed to a lot of indirect and some direct sunlight is considered ideal. Preferably place the plant where it receives the direct sunlight from an evening sun (exposure from a west or south-facing window or door). In too much direct sun; the leaves turn yellowish-green.
Originating from the humid tropical forests of India and South Africa, the palm thrives in high humidity. The plant adjusts to normal room humidity, but if the air is too dry, it is common for the leaf tips to turn brown. Spraying water helps.
These beauties demand nutrients from the soil especially in the spring season when the plant’s growth is at its peak. The soil needs to be rich in iron, magnesium, and other nutrients. Thus, mixing the soil with a natural compost in spring is ideal. Do not use chemical fertilizers as the plant is intolerant to the fertilizer salts.
Offshoot replanting, stem-cutting. Replanting one of the offshoots that grow from areca palm’s base, while keeping its roots intact, is the easiest way to propagate it. Propagation by stem-cutting means rooting a stem growing from a branch or trunk of the Palm.