Dypsis Lutescens, also known as the “Areca Palm “is a popular, easy to grow indoor plant. This palm tree, with its long, graceful feather-shaped fronds, will add a tropical feel to your home and is especially well suited for screened patios and atriums.
Bright indirect light is ideal for Areca Palm.
Average room temperatures of 16°C — 24°C are suitable and no lower than 12.7°C. Sudden cold temperature drops and cold drafts can cause the leaves to display brown spots.
Allow the top soil to become dry between watering and do not overwater. Overwatering is the quickest way to kill an Areca palm, especially if the soil does not drain well.
To prevent roots from becoming water logged use a well-draining aerated potting soil mix. A mixture of 1-part peat, 1-part pine bark and 1-part coarse sand is one possible good mix.
During spring and summer feed with a fertilizer or just a standard diluted feed. After re-potting with new potting mix do not use fertilizer for 2 months.
The species grown indoors suffers from few pest or diseases.
Root rot – It may occur if overwatering takes place or in case you left the pot in standing water.
Yellow foliage – If the leaves are growing yellow it can mean that the soil has a too high pH or there is not enough potassium in it.
Brown foliage usually indicates over-fertilizing, dry air or deficiency of water.