Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is one of the most widely used palms for bright interiors. It features feathery, arching fronds, each with up to 100 leaflets. These big, bold plants command attention.
1. During the spring and summer the soil must be kept moist. In fall and winter, however, the soil should get a bit dry between watering.
2. The sunlight should be either bright indirect or curtain filtered.
3. Temperature fluctuations may be dangerous. In the winter months try to keep temperatures from 60-70 F at night and the day temperatures should be from 75-85 F.
4. From spring to fall use a fertilizer to give the soil all the necessary nutrients for a year.
A full-grown areca palm houseplant is quite expensive, so they are usually purchased as small, tabletop plants. They add 6 to 10 inches of growth per year until they reach a mature height of 6 or 7 feet. Areca palm is one of the few palms that can tolerate trimming without serious harm, making it possible to keep mature plants indoors for their full lifespan of up to 10 years. A key factor in successfully growing areca palm trees indoors is providing just the right amount of light. They need bright, indirect light from a south- or west-facing window. The leaves turn yellowish-green in direct sunlight.
The care of areca palms indoors isn’t difficult, but the plant won’t tolerate neglect. Water them often enough to keep the soil lightly moist in spring and summer, and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings in fall and winter.
120cm – 150cm, 30cm, 90cm