15 Gallon
Palm / Areca
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Palm / Areca

Latin Name:

Dypsis lutescens

Plant Type:

Palm

Description:

Cluster palms with trunks eventually about four inches (10cm) diameter. Usually sold as multiple plants in a pot, giving dense foliage with a golden color to the stalks of the leaves and their sheathing bases.

Origin:

Madagascar

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the North/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed monthly with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer (Be sure that the fertilizer includes 2% or more magnesium to keep the golden color of the leaves bright.) if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, scale and mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds and division in the spring. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Never let this plant sit in water. Put the plant somewhere free from drafts and ensure that it has good drainage. Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and clean its fronds occasionally with a damp cloth. If possible put outside for the summer in bright filtered light.

Air Purifier:

An excellent air purifier. Removes both ethyl and methyl alcohol and acetone (which are emitted by humans!) from the surrounding atmosphere. It is also a good remover of formaldehyde and xylene.

Is Genus:

No

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