Areca Palm

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  • Low-Maintenance Tropical
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 15-20 Feet
  • Pet Friendly 

Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) may be one of the most recognizable houseplants. The long fronds of dark green grow from the base of the plant and more resemble bamboo than a palm tree. Areca Palms are easy for even the newest houseplant gardener and can be used to decorate a low-lit corner of the room.

Best Locations For Growing Areca Palm

Palms are not generally easy to grow indoors. Areca is the exception. Any light level is acceptable as long as high humidity can be provided. Bathrooms and kitchens are often good choices for growing humidity lovers. Moving Areca Palm outdoors for the summer is always a good choice. It allows the plant to get the optimal conditions it needs for vigorous growth during the active growing period. 

Areca Palm Sunlight Requirements

Areca Palm will grow best in bright light from a southern exposure. Lower-light locations such as in an apartment, basement, or office will be tolerated without much reduction in growth. Areca Palm moved to an outdoor location will need to be gradually acclimated to high-light levels. Direct sun will bleach the leaves, and this tropical will need shade during the hottest part of the day.

Areca Palm Care

Plant Areca Palm in an indoor potting mix with coconut coir or fine Orchid bark for moisture retention. Ensure that the container you use has excellent drainage, and do not let the plant sit in excess water for more than 15 minutes. Older fronds will turn brown over time and should not be pruned away until they fall naturally from the plant. All of the fronds are needed for photosynthesis, even the brown ones. This is especially true when growing Areca palm in very low light. Protect tropical plants from air conditioning or heating vents and drafty windows and doors.

Watering Areca Palm

Areca Palm does not like to be overwatered and appreciates a period of dryness between waterings. Once a week, check to see if the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. Water well, allowing excess water to drain thoroughly. Rainwater or distilled water is preferred. You can use tap water that has been left to sit for 24 hours so the chlorine can dissipate. Areca Palm will indicate if the humidity levels are too low: the fronds will get brown along the edges and crisp. Daily misting with distilled water will bring the humidity level up around the plant.

Feeding Areca Palm

Palms are heavy feeders during the active growth period. Apply a liquid fertilizer from April to September. A balanced houseplant feed with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10 should be applied once a month instead of watering.

Areca Palm Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 15-20 feet
Mature Spread: 8-10 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Pale Yellow
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 75°F (16° - 24°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Areca Palm
Other Name(s): Butterfly Palm
Scientific Name: Dypsis lutescens
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.