Areca Palm or Butterfly Palm is a relatively easy to care for indoor houseplant. It's also called commonly called Yellow Palm or Golden Cane because the lower canes have a gold/ yellow colour.
The Areca Palm's popularity as an office and houseplant increased because of the air cleaning experiments carried out by NASA and Dr Wolverton in the 1980's. 50 plants were tested for their ability to filter the air around us, ease of care and ability to add moisture to the surrounding atmosphere. The Areca Palm took first place scoring highly in all categories meaning it was ranked the best houseplant at cleaning the air in our homes and offices.
Areca palms are perfect additions to a home with pets. Bold, attractive, easy to care for, desirable and positive for our health. So what's not to like?
Areca Palm's will accept a spot which doesn't receive any sunlight at all during the day and equally it will accept direct sun, however it doesn't like excessive amounts of either.
Very dark shady areas and constant direct sunlight need to be avoided. The best approach for this palm is therefore to meet it half way by placing it in a bright spot which receives diffused sunlight.
The ideal watering requirements would be to ensure the soil is moist for much of the time.
This palm has a thirst which requires you to water often during the height of Summer. In the Indian Summer, you should be watering twice a week.
Despite the desire for moisture, too much water will end your plant quite quickly. It's best therefore to ensure the surface soil has dried out before you water again. The occasional draught will be tolerated so if it's great candidate to wait unwatered while you return from a vacation.
How to Care for the Areca Palm Recap:
Average Light: No intense direct sunlight, but also no deep shade.
Average Watering: These plants don't like to dry out and can't tolerate excessive water so aim to keep the soil lightly moist.
Warm Temperature: Hot weather loving plants.
Average Feeding: A light feeding every summer month.
Avoid heavy use of leaf shine products on Areca Palms as they can damage the leaves.
- Use a damp cloth or a quick spray to keep leaves looking green and lush.