Areca: a pretty indoor palm tree

Areca: a pretty indoor palm tree

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Often used as an indoor palm, the areca offers decorative foliage with a designer feel.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Chrysalidocarpus
Family : Arecaceae
Type : Palm tree, Houseplant

: 1.5 to 2.5 m indoors
Exposure : Good light
Ground : Soil

Foliage : Persistent

What maintenance for an areca, how and when to repot it, what watering and what diseases, these are the questions you ask yourself when you are lucky enough to have a magnificent areca.

Planting and repotting an areca

The planting stage is important because it is this that will condition the good growth of your areca over the seasons.

In pot or container:

The areca claims a good soil that you will possibly mix with 1/3 of compost if you have some.
In order to facilitate drainage, place a bed of gravel, small stones or clay balls at the bottom of the pot.

This will prevent the roots from bathing in water, which could be fatal.

  • Install your areca in a good size pot filled with special soil for indoor plants or green plants.
  • Although it is necessary to repot in spring every 2 to 3 years, apart from that, prefer a surfacing regular which will perfectly meet the plant's need for growing support.

Aréac outdoors :

In general, the areca do not tolerate the cold and cannot be planted in the ground only when the climate is mild in winter.

As with planting in pots, do not hesitate to lay a bed of gravel, small pebbles or clay balls to facilitate drainage.
You will then plant it in a mixture of potting soil, garden soil and sand.

Exhibition, an areca in the right place

In our climates, the areca fits inside of our houses and apartments.
It grows well when the temperature is around 18-22 ° and requires very good light and even a light sun.
Behind a glass it is better avoid too much exposure to the sun which could dry out the areca.

Therefore, prefer the proximity of a window facing west in order to bathe it in maximum light.

If you live in a rather dark place, avoid buying an areca because it shouldn't take too much of the absence of light.

Watering an areca

Throughout the year, it is important to spray the leaves regularly with water to recreate the conditions of its natural environment which is rather humid.

  • Watering in spring and summer:

Usually this is the growing season for areca.
Water regularly while allowing the soil to dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

Watering must therefore be regular but measured so as not to suffocate the roots of the plant.
It can be said that watering every 2 to 3 days is often necessary.

Every two weeks or so, you can bring him someliquid fertilizer, taking care to moisten the soil well beforehand.

  • Watering in fall and winter:

You have to start with gently reduce watering because the plant has more limited needs.
As soon as the soil becomes dry for a few centimeters, water in order to moisten all the soil.

We can say that 2 to 3 watering per month should be more than enough.
But it also depends on the location of your areca, if it is in direct sunlight, its needs may be greater.

Finally, it is necessary to stop all fertilizer input from October and until March-April.

To know about the areca

The areca is a very beautiful palm tree that adapts very well to the indoor cultivation, apartment or house.

At the same time aesthetic, resistant and very easy to grow, it is one of the best-selling and most popular houseplants.

His foliage is elegant and gives a touch of exoticism to his living room, living room or any other well-lit room in the house.

Areca and diseases

Like most houseplants, areca is sensitive to the atmosphere and to watering.

Deformed leaves:

It is without a doubt a lack of light or too much water.

  • So find a brighter location and reduce watering by following our advice above.

Areca leaves that turn yellow:

If the plant continues to make new leaves, this is the natural evolution of your areca. Trees, even when they are persistent, shed their leaves to renew them.

  • You can therefore let them dry on your areca and then fall or cut them as you go.
  • If no new growth appears and your palm is looking gray, pay attention to watering and drainage and possibly add liquid fertilizer to the plant every two weeks.

Note that it may be subject to attacks from mealybugs and D'red spiders.

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