Areca Palm or Butterfly Palm is a relatively easy care indoor houseplant that has much going for it. Areca Palms are often large and look great in bigger rooms.
The areca palm helps remove deadly toxins like formaldehyde and xylene.
Areca palm, with its long, graceful feather-shaped fronds, will add a tropical feel to your home and is especially well suited for many indoor and outdoor locations like screened patios and atrium.
Its attractive nature has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, which for a plant grown more commonly indoors than out, is a pretty rare feat.
Areca palm can grow 6 to 7 feet in interior locations. Areca Palm gets its nickname, the Butterfly Palm, because its long feathery fronds (leaves) arch upwards off of multiple reed like stems. Each frond has between 40-60 leaflets on it.
The Areca Palm’s popularity as an office and houseplant increased (and is maintained today) because of the air cleaning experiments carried out by NASA.
The Areca Palm took first place scoring 8.5 in all categories meaning it was ranked the best houseplant at cleaning the air in our homes and offices. Areca is just another ‘EUREKA’ discovered by NASA.
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Bold, attractive, easy to care for, desirable and positive for our health. So what’s not to like? The fashion for these plants is that “bigger is better” and this has persisted over the last few decades.
Like other palms, the areca needs filtered light, preferably near a southeast or west-facing window.
Use a moist, well-drained soil, and water the plants as soon as the soil feels dry a little below the surface.
Container Considerations :
Due to the height of the areca palm, choose a fairly large container for it to grow into.
Place your new plant in its container outdoors in a part-shade location, then move it to a bright indoor location after a few weeks.
The main problem with Areca palm is root rot from over watering or allowing the pots to remain in standing water. Just avoid these and enjoy numerous benefits of Areca.
Recommended Pots - Above 17 inch Planters
You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel.
Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.