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Areca Palm

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SUMMER SHIPPING NOTICE: Very high temperatures that can damage tropical foliage in transit have prompted us to temporarily discontinue “Ground” shipping. Customers are finding the “Express Saver” option an economical alternative with very good results. We will offer “Ground” again once the weather turns. The days are getting shorter - bring on Fall!

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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Check out this video to learn more about the Areca Palm from our plant specialists.

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.


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

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  1. Lisa Blandino (verified owner)

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  2. Ayla A. (verified owner)

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    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

  3. Patrick W. (verified owner)

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    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.”

  4. Daniel F. (verified owner)

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    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.

  5. Denise Greco (verified owner)

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    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!

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