Plant Care Dypsis Lutescens

Dypsis Lutescens

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Dypsis Lutescens has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dypsis Lutescens has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

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


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

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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 🚫.

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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.

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!

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

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
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 3,288 XP
globe Crowborough, England

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

Survivor Survivor
@maggie4 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 409 XP

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 4 Plants
xp 410 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
@calebsneath avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 90 XP

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
@Risaree1957 avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
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.

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.

Survivor Survivor
@Salimr88 avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 499 XP
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

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@RobbertE avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 186 XP
globe Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

Esthetics are medium

Survivor Survivor
@Kyah.m02 avatar
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
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Trey avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 280 XP
globe Santa Rosa, CA

Needs a lot of humidity!

@Plantsong avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 4,598 XP

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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