Light: Keep the palm out of direct sunlight, in an area with ambient natural light, from a south or west facing window. It will grow best in bright light, but will survive in lower ambient light (such as a north exposure). The leaves may turn yellow-green in direct sunlight.

Water: Water once the top 1” of soil dries out. Overwatering can result in yellow leaves. Underwatering can result in brown leaves. Fertilize with a liquid soluble fertilizer during the growing season in spring and summer.

Environment: Keep the palm away from hot or cold drafts or vents. Mist often or keep near a humidifier, especially in winter, as the areca palm prefers higher humidity. 

Toxicity: Reported to be safe for cats and dogs 

Of note:

  • As with many indoor palms, watch out for spider mites. Mist your plant often to keep them away. If you see spider mites, treat the plant with an insecticidal soap or Neem oil solution.
  • Areca palms like to be repotted every two to three years. The plant likes a tight container, and crowded roots help limit the size of the plant. The main reason for repotting is to replace the aged potting soil.
    *When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.