Plant Care Dypsis Lutescens

Dypsis Lutescens

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About Dypsis Lutescens

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

Areca Palm, Areca Palm, Golden Cane Palm and Chrysalidocarpus lutescen

How to care for Dypsis Lutescens

💦 Water

How often to water your Dypsis Lutescens

Water needs for Dypsis Lutescens
0.5 cups
every 9

Dypsis Lutescens 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 Dypsis Lutescens

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Areca Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dypsis Lutescens: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dypsis Lutescens love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Dypsis Lutescens does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dypsis Lutescens

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dypsis Lutescens: 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 Dypsis Lutescens after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dypsis Lutescens 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!

Benefits of Growing Areca Palm →

Common Areca Palm Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Dypsis Lutescens prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Areca Palm Water Frequency →

Areca Palm Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dypsis Lutescens requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Areca Palm Light Requirements →

Areca Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dypsis Lutescens is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

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💨 Humidity

Dypsis Lutescens doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Areca Palm Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Dypsis Lutescens does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Areca Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Areca Palm →

💩 Fertilizer

Dypsis Lutescens should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Areca Palm →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Dypsis Lutescens to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Dypsis Lutescens is native to Madagascar and southeastern Africa.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Dypsis Lutescens bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Areca Palm Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dypsis Lutescens is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Areca Palm →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dypsis Lutescens can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Areca Palm Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Dypsis Lutescens can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Areca Palm →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Dypsis Lutescens, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Dypsis Lutescens

Dypsis Lutescens

Dypsis Lutescens

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

Dypsis Lutescens has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Dypsis Lutescens has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 17
Dypsis Lutescens has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Dypsis Lutescens has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Dypsis Lutescens has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Dypsis Lutescens has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Dypsis Lutescens has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@Yvette avatar
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globe Crowborough, England

Haven’t had any problems with this plant just water once soil is dry and let it do it’s thing.

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@maggie4 avatar
leaf-1 5 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.

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@Erl avatar
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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
@calebsneath avatar
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
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@Risaree1957 avatar
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globe Tualatin, OR

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.

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Mo avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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Pet friendly, easy care. Sturdy plant. Lush long leaves.

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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

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Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

Esthetics are medium

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@Kyah.m02 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
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Love this plant it’s so green and really ties my whole decor together

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Santa Rosa, CA

Needs a lot of humidity!

@Plantsong avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
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The key is to not over water it!!

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