Monday, November 3, 2014

The Areca Palm


Many years ago, I sold and maintained indoor plants for businesses and homes. This gracious Areca palm belonged to the Canadian ambassador at the time. It simply outgrew its space and he wanted to give it away. Fortunately, it found a very good home with my sister. She's had it for a long time now and has from time to time divided the plant by separating off some of the suckers and making new plants for her friends.

The Areca palm is botanically known as Chrysalidocarpus lutescens and is a native of Madagascar. In warm climates it is beautifully used as a decorative container plant in combination with other plants. You could use it like this as summer patio plant but it will not survive a freeze. It is a fairly easy palm to keep for a long time.


Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some direct sun. Full afternoon sun is too much.
  • Water a plant in a 10" (25 cm) diameter or larger sized pot when it is quite dry on the soil surface or up to an inch or 2 (2.5-5 cm)  below the soil surface. 
  • Water with up to 2 quarts ( 2 liters of water) for a 10" (25 cm)diameter pot, and up to 1 gallon (almost 4 liters) of water for a plant in a 14"(35 cm) diameter pot, when necessary.
  • Soil moisture meters are helpful for some and available at many garden centers and online
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • Dust the leaves when necessary
  • Some extra humidity would be appreciated.  A daily misting would be helpful.
Propagating the Areca Palm--
  • Take the palm out of its pot. To separate the plant: after deciding how much you want to remove for a new plant, cut through the soil with a large knife and separate the parts by gently pulling away the new plant and its roots from the main plant. Put the new plant in a pot that is sized for the amount you removed (it should look like a good fit, not too large or small), then add new soil and water. Add new soil and water the main plant, too.

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