Plant Care Areca Palm

Areca Palm

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Areca Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Areca Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Areca Palm

The areca palm is a popular low-maintenance palm that’s a perfect tropical addition to nearly any space. Also known as the butterfly palm, the curvature of its fronds are thought to resemble a butterfly in flight. Though often smaller indoors, they can grow up to 40 feet tall in their native Madagascar! 🌴


Dypsis lutescens

Also known as

Golden Cane Palm

How to care for Areca Palm


How often to water your Areca Palm

Water needs for Areca Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Areca Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Areca Palm

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Areca Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Areca Palm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Areca Palm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Areca Palm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Areca Palm in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Areca Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Areca Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Areca Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Areca Palm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Areca Palm

Areca Palm

Areca Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Areca Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Areca Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Areca Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Areca Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Areca Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Areca Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Areca Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Areca Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Silver Spring, Maryland

Yellows easily

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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i’ve not had any problems so far with my acrea plant, they are easy to take care of and require little care. I would strongly recommend especially for any first time plant owners. All i would say is that they do take up some room so make sure you have space.

Survivor Survivor
Erl avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 204 XP
globe Clydebank, Scotland

Looks great when you get the water/sunlight balance right but very easily browned leaves. Hard to keep green

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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Hard as nails, didn’t water for 3 months at one point and still managed to firm it, what a trooper

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
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globe Tualatin, Oregon

I love this plant but it does seem to have gnats flying around it. Watered once a week without overwatering. It’s a pretty green color and has put out a new leaf since I got it two months ago.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Mo avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 122 XP

Pet friendly, easy care. Sturdy plant. Lush long leaves.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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globe Dubai

Too much sun... brown leaves, too little... brown leaves... something in between... survives. I don’t know not sure what to do to keep him out of the perpetual process of dying

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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xp 186 XP
globe Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

Esthetics are medium

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 212 XP

Love this plant it’s so green and really ties my whole decor together

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Santa Rosa, California

Needs a lot of humidity!

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The key is to not over water it!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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