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Areca Palm

(75 customer reviews)


The Areca Palm, or Dypsis lutescens (formerly Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), is a great palm for a tropical splash in the summertime on home patios and building entrances in northern climates.  It can also thrive indoors, but it takes a lot of light for that to happen, and it’s highly rated for cleaning indoor air.  Also known as the Butterfly Palm, because of its arching yellowish-green fronds, and the Party Palm, because it’s widely rented for weddings and parties, this less-expensive cousin of the Kentia Palm is a great choice for a long-term relationship if you can give it great light and keep it warm; otherwise, it’s a cheap date you can flirt with all summer and try another one next year.

Available in 3 sizes.

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Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.


The Areca Palm is a great plant to create a tropical setting in a very well lit room.  Here are some helpful hints to keep it growing:


With the high-light requirement, this palm is a heavy drinker.  Thoroughly wet the soil with each watering and let it dry down until the soil surface is dry before watering again.  Sub-irrigation can be very helpful in reducing the frequency of watering.  Please see our watering guide for more details.


Don’t let anyone tell you differently, the Areca Palm needs lots of light.  You might be able to move it to low/medium light for special occasions, but if you want it to last you’ll need to have it parked in a very bright spot nearly fulltime.


Like other plants shipped fresh from Florida, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it.  That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated.  After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.  But don’t let the yellow stems and petioles fool you in to thinking it needs more nutrients because the yellow color is a natural characteristic of the plant.


This plant, with its numerous stems and plentiful leaves and leaflets can be a challenge to clean.  While we still prefer a cleaning regimen with damp cloth soaked in water and a light soap solution, it would be okay to break out the feather duster on this plant.  Make sure your feather duster is clean though because it’s a great way to inadvertently spread spider mites and other critters.


Older leaves will turn brown (especially if you let it dry out) and you can just prune them off at the base of the stem.  Eventually, too, the sheaths around the stem will brown and once they’re brown, you should be able to just peel them off the stem and expose the fresh, powder-coated stem beneath.


There’s always a chance for a mealybug to set up camp on your Areca Palm.  Look for the little white cottony mealybugs at the base of the leaves, on the stems, and especially under the leaf sheaths between the sheath and the stem; mites will hide on the bottom side of the leaves and produce webs.  Be extra vigilant when scouting for mites, as they can do irreparable harm quickly often mistaken for dust on the underside of the leaves.  If you see either of these, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution and spray them daily ’til they’re gone.


Keep an eye out for the bugs mentioned above, and you’ll enjoy this palm for a summer fling or long-term relationship in a well-lit room.


Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 66 in

3.5-4.5' (in 10" growpot), 4.5-5.5' (in 12" growpot), 5.5-6.5' (in 14" growpot)

75 reviews for Areca Palm

  1. Carl H. (verified owner)

    Prefect. Thanks.

  2. Danny R. (verified owner)

    Pot was really finery and plant was not straight in pot. Excessive browning in the first few weeks

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi – the excessive browning is usually due to lack of water. The areca palms are a variety that need water more frequently during the first few weeks. You can prune these off as low and as close to the main stalk as possible and it will help to stimulate some new growth. Please check the soil moisture regularly until it settles in.
      Thank you!

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love my Areca palm! It arrived in great condition, so full and beautiful.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      The photo you sent looks beautiful and the plant looks very happy. Please reach out if you have any questions!
      Thanks – Sue

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Amazing service and our palms are stunning! They have the best quality plants and genuinely care about each and every plant. Great quality and healthy and fast shipping. Sue was wonderful to liaise with regarding all of our orders from PLANTZ.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you! I agree that they look beautiful in your home and appreciate the photos. Please let us know if you have questions going forward. Good luck to pups too!

  5. Caroline Magambo (verified owner)

  6. Benjamin S Fuller (verified owner)

    Sue was awesome to work with and the Areca palm plants were amazing!!!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Ben! I’d love to see some photos of what you have done with them all! We appreciate the nice comments!

  7. Cinda F. (verified owner)

  8. Richard (verified owner)

    plant was in perfect condition when it arrived……looked very healthy

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know! Be sure to keep an eye on the soil moisture down near the bottom of the growpot for the first few weeks as they tend to be thirsty.

  9. Adriane B. (verified owner)

    Plants are beautiful I order new ones each year since we live in New York –

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you! You might be able to move it inside in the winter months if it has been out all summer if you have a nice bright window you can put it in. Let us know if you need some help with this!
      Thanks – Sue

  10. Benjamin S Fuller (verified owner)

    Great customer service Sue is awesome to work with

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks so much! Happy to help!

  11. Adriane Belmont (verified owner)

    Bought six again this year as we did last year. They are beautiful and in the northeast last outdoors until late November – even though the turned a rust color. They are just fabulous

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Please let me know if you need some help transitioning them to inside when it gets chilly out! They just need some bright sunlight through a window.

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  13. Kathleen M. (verified owner)

  14. Antoinette B. (verified owner)

    My Areca is HUGE, he is a beauty. He fills the space better than I could ever imagine. The Areca is full and green and just above 7ft tall. So very happy with it even though I needed to add some extra grow lights in the space where I have a large glass door.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Glad to hear that you’re happy with it! They’re beautiful right now!

  15. Blanca G. (verified owner)

    Healthy and beautiful. We love our areca palm.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know!

  16. ALEX KENNEDY (verified owner)

    The upper most branches were broken during shipping. The plant is huge and beautiful, it is exactly what we ordered. Sadly, I doubt it will survive. Over the first three days the leaves became severely discolored and shriveled up.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      I have sent you an email to see what has happened. I can help you with this once I see how it looks. Please send me a photo as soon as you can. The fronds can yellow a bit while it is acclimating and the more light it gets through a window, that faster it will settle in. Please snip those off with scissors as low and as close to the main stalk as possible. I’d like to address the broken fronds though. This is not normal!

  17. Robert Castle (verified owner)

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  19. James Rice (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with the plant, service and packaging. Especially Sue with tons of helpful advice. I will not hesitate to order from you guys again! Wonderful!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks! We have a great shipping team that makes my part of the process easy. If you need help with anything, just let us know! The photo was great too!

  20. Earl (verified owner)

    I believe the plant was much larger than what I ordered but it is beautiful. It was very difficult for me to handle due to its size and weight. It remains that way even now if I need to move it on cold nights or stormy days.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know. I will reach out to you via email to see how we can help. Too large is usually a good thing as it can be pruned but I’ll check with you personally to see if that will help.

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    4.5 really. Plant is great- instructions and tips great- the overcharge for delivery of an indicator for soil moisture was not great. Also, I hope I get my minipot.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We also agree that the shipping is high and try to get customers to add supplies to their orders when they order a plant as there are no additional shipping charges added. This is why I gave you a coupon code for the probe itself as we have no control over the rates FedEx has set for us. We sure wish we did!! Glad to hear that you’re plant is great and I’m not sure what a minipot is but we also hope you get it!
      Thanks – Sue

  22. Jerome (verified owner)

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  24. Ahdanna (verified owner)

    This Palm is very lovely. It was delivers to my home in great shape. Sue, thank you for reaching out to me on multiple occasions when I needed your expertise. Great customer service. The best!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      You are very welcome and we’re here to help if you have questions going forward!
      Thanks – Sue

  25. Bobbi leider (verified owner)

    Simply stunnin

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you!

  26. Artilio Lazzaro (verified owner)

    the plant arrived in very good condtion thank you

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know!

  27. Matt S. (verified owner)

    Great shipping and beautiful plant!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Matt!

  28. Kathryn Childs (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant with excellent customer support!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)


  29. Engel Perez (verified owner)

    Very helpful. Very nice. Very informative. Great experience.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks! So glad we could help!

  30. Linda Moore (verified owner)

    Communication with Plantz was great. Palm arrived on time and in great condition. Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you! We’re here if you have any questions going forward.

  31. Rachel Manning (verified owner)

    Absolutely gorgeous. Arrived full and lush!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know and we’re so glad you’re happy with it!

  32. Caitlin F. (verified owner)

    AMAZING PALM! The shipping was fast and my plant is beautiful. Will definitely buy again!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you!

  33. daggarnickson (verified owner)

    Gorgeous 4 ft plant that made it all the way to Los Angles in a heatwave.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      The FedEx Express Saver helped us out with this one! Glad you like it!
      Thanks – Sue

  34. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Packaged perfectly and very beautiful, tall and full!

  35. Laurence Miller (verified owner)

  36. Linda Webster (verified owner)

  37. Nicholas L. (verified owner)

    Very happy with the Plant and especially with Sue’s support and help 🙂

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Nick!

  38. Kristian (verified owner)

    The plant was beautiful and the customer service was exceptional! Thank you so much for the special touches from shipping to sending my recipient unpacking and care instructions. I will definitely be returning to make purchases from Plantz!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      You’re very welcome and thanks for trusting us to get it delivered!

  39. Angelica Kowalczyk (verified owner)

    This plant is beautiful and in great shape. Will definitely be ordering for you guys again.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks! Let us know if you need our help again in the future!

  40. Whitley Hornes (verified owner)

    I never received my plant

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Whitley – I’m showing that the plant was delivered a day late and I’ve tried to get in touch with you to make sure it made it there safely. We’re sorry for the delay and we’re seeing this a bit more with FedEx since the virus has spread and they’re now making more deliveries. Please call or email me if you have any issues with the plant that I can help you with.
      Thanks – Sue

  41. Lauren S (verified owner)

    I was so impressed at how well the tree was packaged. The tree is beautiful. Would definitely buy from here again!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We have a great crew packing the plants for shipping to make sure they’ll arrive as safely as possible. We’re very glad to hear that you’re enjoying your new plant!
      Thanks – Sue

  42. Nivedita Jampana (verified owner)

  43. haileymorris1155 (verified owner)

    Firstly, Sue was absolutely amazing. She was responsive to every question I had and even helped to try and ensure my palm arrived by my birthday!

    The palm itself is stunning and is a game changer for our patio! I am obsessed with it and will be shopping here for any future plants!! Our puppy loves it to (see picture :))

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for the wonderful photo! What a cute puppy! Glad to hear everything is going well and if you need assistance in the future, please let me know!

  44. Shelly Sherfey (verified owner)

    The packaging was great, and the palm arrived in perfect condition. Your planting and care instructions were thorough, and I followed them carefully. The palm had a short adjustment period where I trimmed and removed some leaves, however, it seems to be very happy now. It makes our room look like paradise!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We have a great team packing the plants who work hard to make sure the plants arrive safely! Thanks for letting us know you’re happy with your new plant!
      Thanks – Sue

  45. Laura E. (verified owner)

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  47. Bethany D. (verified owner)

    GreAt palm!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you!!

  48. Grant (verified owner)

    The plants were beautiful and accurately sized which was perfect!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you for letting us know!
      Enjoy – Sue

  49. Joanne R. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant arrived in excellent condition, well packed in box. Email instructions about care was a wonderful surprise. Thank you

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know! We have a top notch team packing the plants up and they do a great job!
      Thanks – Sue

  50. Daron Clifford (verified owner)

    Plants arrived packaged excellent. The plants themselves are also in excellent shape and quite beautiful.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you! We have a great team shipping these out and they take pride when packaging!
      Thanks – Sue

  51. Ayla A. (verified owner)

    Came a little beat up, with a dead leaf but still very pretty.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks so much for letting us know. The plants do suffer a small amount of damage occasionally and you may send me a photo if you’d like for me to take a look at the damage. Your best bet is to cut it off as close to the main stalk as possible and it will produce new growth quickly.
      Thanks – Sue

  52. Katelynn (verified owner)

  53. Ann-Marie M. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant, shipped smartly. I’m very pleased!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you so much for the nice comments and a special thank you for your patience while we waited for the weather to cooperate!
      Thanks – Sue

  54. Talesha Latimore (verified owner)

    This was the perfect gift. It adds so much personality to the space. Great purchase!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We’re so glad that you’re happy with your areca palm!
      Thanks – Sue

  55. Nancy H. (verified owner)

    This palm arrived in perfect condition. I was amazed, there wasn’t even any dirt in the box. It is healthy and beautiful, ordering was seamless. Thank you

  56. Mar Thivierge (verified owner)

    My Areca palm is beautiful, and great communication from Sue all during the shipping process. She was professional and very helpful!

  57. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Awesome. Quality. Perfect. HEALTHY!

  58. Michael (verified owner)

    Plant looks GREAT, appeared Fedex had its way with the box during Shipping. Box appeared to have been upside down as 1/2 of the dirt spilled in the box.

  59. Claudia Hartley (verified owner)

  60. Suzette Harrison (verified owner)

    The Arecas arrived in California beautifully!

  61. Cheri Morgan (verified owner)

    We love our new plants. They arrived in perfect condition and we received detailed instructions on how to set up the sub-irrigation system. Perfect for our new sunroom!

  62. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love my Areca Palm. I wish I could call Plantz and speak with a live person. I called twice and was asked to leave a message. Both times, I missed the return call. I was never given a number to call back. I was encouraged to email instead.

  63. Judy Simpson (verified owner)

    The palm is full and beautiful. Everyone who sees it comments and says, “Where did you get that great plant”?
    I will definitely buy from PLANTZ again.

  64. Victoria Beckman (verified owner)

    Truly awesome!!!!

  65. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Looks gorgeous in my home!!!

  66. Patrick W. (verified owner)

    The overall size was a little disappointing. Does the pot itself count as part of the height? 1 Palm of the 4 seemed the right height; the other 3 were short.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Patrick – The sizes listed on our website are in ranges, and still approximations based on availability from our growers. We try to give customers all of the information on our website so they will know what to expect if they decide to purchase from us. Under the section ‘before you buy’ and ‘sizing the plant’ we have this as the first line “Height – This is the overall height of the plant as it stands alone, and includes the growpot.”

  67. Daniel F. (verified owner)

    I loved it, minus the peculiar instructions. They were confusing, words were missing, and it all seemed like a lot of fuss for nothing. I chose to plant my plants in the traditional fashion and did not want wet fabric sitting under the roots.

  68. Jane P. (verified owner)

    great personal customer service and perfect plant!

  69. ruben brown (verified owner)

  70. brandino915

    ABSOLUTELY not the cousin of the Kentia Palm. They do not even originate from the same countries. False advertising

    • Steve S (store manager)

      Genus and species are different, but the plant family is the same. Arecaceae. I say they’re related and could be cousins; besides, it’s a marketing write up, not a botanical journal. Thanks – Steve

  71. Denise Greco (verified owner)

    Plant was beautiful in great condition. Shipping was a problem . I was told 3 days to arrive in Florida, it never got delivered. 2 weeks later I sent several emails and it was discovered that the plant was never shipped. Once I was able to get someone’s attention the plant was shipped and it did arrive 3 days later to my friends in Florida.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Denise,
      We’re very sorry for the misunderstanding. It actually took 9 days for them to receive the shipment and did only take 3 days once it had shipped. We should have let you know that there is prep time involved and we also should’ve clarified that it was 3 days max to ship it but several days to prepare it for shipping! I’m glad it arrived safely and we’ll be sure to let future customers know that there is some time before shipping to get the plants ready for travel. Thank you for the order and for letting us know we need to clarify!

  72. Giuseppe Di Maria (verified owner)

    Can I get tips for acclimating my Areca outdoors

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Sure you can! The areca palms will do well outside and you can just slowly move them in the direction where you want them. If you currently have them inside, move them to a shaded area outside for a week or so and then put them where you want them. Make sure you water them! They will definitely need more water outside. They will get a few yellow fronds that you’ll need to trim off as you notice them and will start to produce new growth that will acclimate themselves to your climate. In addition, you can give them more nutrients when they’re outside too. Osmocote and milorganite work well and both can be purchased as time-release fertilizers.

  73. Susan Muir (verified owner)

  74. Patricia R. (verified owner)

    This plant arrived in perfect condition. Every leaf is bright green and beautiful. Customer service is great. Sue checks on the condition of the plant and spent a great deal of time helping me decide the best location for my plant. Last year I purchased a lisa palm and a white bird of paradise. Both are healthy and are nearing 9 ft. tall. My only issue is the cost of shipping.

  75. Tammy C. (verified owner)

    The plant is beautiful! I could not find a palm this tall in any of the local nurseries and was thrilled when I found this option online. They did a great job shipping it and it arrived in perfect condition. I will be ordering more from them in the future!

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