Areca Palm

About an Areca Palm

An Areca palm, Dypsis lutescens, is part of the Arecaceae family (also known as Palmae) Sold both as a large, fast-growing outdoor plant for warm climates and an inexpensive, large indoor plant, the Areca palm is  native to Madagascar. It can now be found growing in tropical and sub-tropical regions such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Hawaii. As an outdoor plant, the fronds of an Areca palm can be 6ft-7ft long (2-3m) and the height of the plant as tall as 20-40ft (2m-12m). In nature, it produces yellow flowers during the summer months, but rarely blooms as a houseplant


An Areca palm is a type of cane palm. When grown indoors, an immature Areca palm can be small enough to sit on a table or desk. However, as the plant matures, it quickly develops into a medium sized, exotic looking palm that can reach a height of 6-8 feet. An Areca palm gets its nickname, the “Butterfly Palm” because of the way its long, feathery fronds (leaves) arch upwards off multiple reed- like stems, resembling butterfly wings. Each frond has between 40-60 leaflets and may be as tall as 3ft.

Quick Care Tips for an Areca Palm

Provide bright, indirect light

Keep the soil barely moist

Do not over fertilize

Temperatures below 50°F (10°C) can damage the leaves

Never remove the growing point at the end of a stem or the entire frond may die

High humidity helps the plant look better and grow faster


An Areca Palm is a very popular indoor plant. It’s is an excellent “clean air”plant that rids the air of harmful pollutants and safe to have around pets and small children. However, the appearance of the plant deteriorates without the proper light, water quality, and humidity. Follow the care tips below and your Areca Palm should stay looking good for may years.


I Went on Vacation and When I Got Back Some of the Fronds on My Areca Had Turned Orange With Yellow Streaks. What Should I Do?

Your Areca must have gotten very dry while you were gone. Cut off the discolored fronds and water well. Add a few drops of superthrive to the water for an extra little boost.

The Tips of the Leaves on My Areca Are Turning Brown. Too Much Sun? Water? Bugs/ Help!

The tips of the fronds turn brown when the plant is over watered, when it is over fertilized, or if there is salt, chlorine, or fluoride in the water. Allow the top 1-2″ of soil to dry out before watering and use distilled water if your water passes through a softener or has any chemicals in it.

There Is a Fine Reddish Webbing on My Palm Leaves. My Friend Said Its From a Spider and I Should Leave It Alone Because Spiders Eat the Other Bugs. Yes or No??

The webbing is from the spider mites attacking your palm. If you don’t get rid of them, they will suck the color out of your plant leaving unsightly yellow blotches. Spray your plant with a good insecticidal soap at 1/2 the recommended strength. Be sure to treat both sides of the fronds and all of the stems.