Plant name - Areca Palm is sometimes known as Dypsis lutescens or Areca lutescens, more common names include Butterfly Palm, Yellow Palm and Golden Cane.
Height and Growth Rate: 3m although this is unlikely indoors. Areca palms are moderate to fast growing.
Light: Tolerant of both light shade and bright, indirect light, however avoid excessive amounts of either.
Water: Water well, keeping the soil moist at root level at all times. In summer, Areca Palms can be thirsty, particularly if located in a warm spot, however less water will be required during the winter. Do not over-water as this will kill your Areca. Ideally let the soil dry out at the surface before re-watering.
Temperature: Average household temperatures between 15-25°C are fine, although the warmer the better. Will not tolerate temperatures below 10°C.
Humidity: Areca palms enjoy high humidity levels. Place on a shallow gravel tray filled with water and mist regularly. Ideal in kitchens and bathrooms.
Feed: Liquid fertiliser can be applied during the growing season, once a month or so should be sufficient.
Care tips: Avoid using leaf shine on Areca Palms. Remove any dying stems to help keep the plant healthy. Brown tips are common, these can be removed if required but avoid cutting into fresh green foliage.
Air Purifying: Palms clean and improve air quality by filtering formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide toxins from the surrounding environment.
Description: The Areca Palm is a truly elegant indoor palm. Multiple stems emerge from its base, with numerous long, gracefully arching fronds growing close together along the stems. Leaves are pinnate, ie feather shaped. It is one of the top air purifying plants and a natural humidifier that will improve the air quality of your home or office as well as adding a relaxing tropical feel.