The areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens or Dypsis lutescens), also called the yellow butterfly palm and golden cane palm is one of the easiest palm trees to grow indoors.
The foliage is evergreen, of Fine texture and yellow-green in color. Pinnate, 6 to 8 pale green leaves per stem, 80 to 100 leaflets, to 8 feet long (2.4 m). Yellow if grown with enough light, 2 feet long. Yellow male and female flowers on the same inflorescence.
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.
Common name(s): Golden Cane Palm, Areca Palm, Butterfly Palm, Madagascar Palm
Flower colours: Yellow
Bloom time: During late spring or early summer
Max reachable height: 6 to 7 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy
Planting and care
Areca palm is propagated by seeds, by separating the offsets or suckers at the base of a mature plant, or by plant division.
Sunlight: Full to partial sunlight
Soil: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy soil: moist but well-drained
Water: Water the plant until the soil is evenly moist. Do not over water the palm plant or leave it sitting in water.
Temperature: 20 to 30 degree C
Fertilizer: Feed your palm regularly during the growing season. If possible, use a palm fertilizer, which will contain all the micronutrients and extra potassium and manganese.
Caring for Areca Palm
Palms grow best when you let their roots fill the pot.
They need soil-based potting compost and should not be re-potted unnecessarily.
They are sensitive to chemicals and will be damaged if you expose them to aerosol sprays.
If you need to treat them with insecticides, be sure what you use is suitable for a palm.
Typical uses of Areca Palm
Special features: The most popular indoor houseplants sold today. Indoors an Areca palm is a medium sized exotic looking plant that can reach a height of 6-8 feet; outdoors it may be as tall as 25 feet.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: This is one of the most useful Palms of the tropics the world around.