How to Care for Areca Indoor Palm Trees

Overview

Areca palm is a species of palm tree native to tropical regions of Asia and Africa. It typically grows about six feet high indoors, with an average growth of about 10 inches per year. You can easily grow Areca indoor palm trees in temperate and tropical regions around the world. The palms require only routine maintenance to thrive and are resistant to most pests in the proper growing conditions.

Step 1

Keep Areca indoor palm trees in an east, west or south window that provides bright, direct sunlight throughout most of the day.

Step 2

Use a planting medium made of one part potting soil to two parts organic compost to provide superior drainage and fertility.

Step 3

Keep the tree in an area with a daytime temperature of between 75 and 85 degrees and an overnight temperature of between 65 and 70 degrees. Place a thermometer near the tree to ensure the temperature does not leave this range to avoid damaging the plant.

Step 4

Water Areca indoor palm trees once per week but do not saturate the soil. Apply a moderate amount of water to soak the top two to three inches of soil. Never allow the tree to sit in standing water or root rot and other fungal diseases may occur.

Step 5

Feed Areca indoor palm trees once every four months using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Water both before and after applying the fertilizer to prevent root burn. Apply following the instructions provided on the packaging for proper dosage.

Step 6

Transplant your tree to a new container once every two to three years. Choose a container that is three inches larger in diameter than the previous container to provide plenty of room. Repot in early spring before new growth begins for the year.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Organic compost
  • Thermometer
  • Fertilizer
  • Container

References

  • Clemson University Home & Garden Information Center: Indoor Palms
  • University of Hawaii Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences: Areca Palm
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