Dypsis lutescens - Areca Palm
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The best palm for indoors! Loves low light conditions!
Common Names: Areca Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Butterfly Palm, Betel Tree, Indian Nut
Growth: Upwards, clumping
Light: Bright, indirect
Foot Candles: 175+
Water: Keep evenly moist
Humidity: 40% - 90%
Temperature: 20°C - 32°C
Soil: Well draining potting mix
Container: Self-watering planter
Nutrients: 10-10-10 Monthly
Propagation: Seed or division
Interiorscape Use: Large potted plant, atrium
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Fronds may crisp in direct light or when exposed to a cold draft.
Comments: ‘Butterfly Palm’ refers to the leaves which curve upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look. The fruit is commercially grown for consumption mainly in India and has an intoxicating effect that is also mildly addictive. Often chewed with a betel leaf. Very rarely flowers and produces fruit indoors.