Dypsis Lutescens (Areca Palm)
Long, feathery fronds of areca palm tree grow in a canopy shape, lending an air of elegance and sophistication to a room. Give areca palm a whirl and add a tropical vacay vibe to any room. Not all palms adapt well to home conditions, but this Madagascar native does beautifully indoors. Give areca palm tree bright, indirect sunlight and you'll enjoy it for many years.
Height: About 6-8 ft (1.8 - 2.4 m) tall when grown indoors in a container
Light: Bright (indirect) light year-round. Give your plant a quarter turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth. If you move the palm to your patio for the summer, keep it shaded from full sun. Hot, direct sunlight may turn leaves yellowish-green.
Water: Water thoroughly to wet all the roots, then allow soil to dry slightly before watering again. Water less in winter when growth has slowed. Use filtered or distilled water because tap water may contain fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals that can damage palms. When watering, avoid getting the base of the palm wet to prevent rot. Use a container with drainage holes, and fast-draining potting mix to prevent soggy soil.
Humidity: Average room (around 40-50% relative humidity). Indoor air can become extremely dry in the winter. The most efficient way to increase humidity is with a cool-mist room humidifier. Your tropical plants will love it, and it's good for you, too.
Temperature: 70-85°F/21-27°C days; 55-60°F/13-16°C nights. Cold blasts from doorways as well as drafts from heat/AC vents can harm this tropical native.
Soil: Mix 2 parts peat moss-based potting mix and 1 horticultural sand.
Fertilizer: Most indoor plants like a steady diet of liquid plant food, but not palms. Palms are slow-growing, especially indoors, and aren't heavy feeders. Feed monthly spring and summer with a fertilizer specially made for palms. Yellow spots or streaks indicate a lack of potassium or magnesium.
Propagation: Sow seeds in spring, barely covering the seeds with soil. Keep them warm (75-80°F/24-27°C) and moist. Seeds can take up to 6 weeks to germinate, so be patient.