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Areca palm

Areca palm

De Areca palm is één van de bekendste palmen die ook als kamerplant verkocht wordt. Officieel komt de plant uit de tropen van Zuidoost-Azië. De familie van de Areca palm is de Araceae, een zeer grote familie die ook wel de Palmae wordt genoemd. We noemen de Areca palm ook wel goudpalm. Deze bijnaam heeft hij te danken aan zijn geel oranje vruchten die hij in de natuur groeit. Wist je dat? De plant bestaat eigenlijk uit verschillende bosjes palmen die bij elkaar groeien. Dit merk je vooral als je de plant zou willen stekken.

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Areca palm

The Areca palm is one of the most famous palms that is also sold as an indoor plant. Officially the plant comes from the tropics of Southeast Asia. The family of the Areca palm is the Araceae, a very large family also called the Palmae. We also call the Areca palm gold palm. It owes this nickname to its yellow-orange fruits that it grows in nature. Did you know that? The plant actually consists of several shrubs of palms that grow together. This is especially noticeable if you would like to cut the plant.

Areca palm

The Areca palm is one of the most famous palms that is also sold as an indoor plant. Officially the plant comes from the tropics of Southeast Asia. The family of the Areca palm is the Araceae, a very large family also called the Palmae. We also call the Areca palm gold palm. It owes this nickname to its yellow-orange fruits that it grows in nature. Did you know that? The plant actually consists of several shrubs of palms that grow together. This is especially noticeable if you would like to cut the plant.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Extra nutrition once a week

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Extra nutrition once a week

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of the Areca palm?

The right location

It is best to place the Areca palm on a spot with indirect sunlight. As a houseplant, the palm has not grown up in direct sunlight. As a result, the plant can only tolerate 3 to 5 hours of indirect sunlight. As soon as the Areca palm gets too much light the green leaves will turn yellow. Too little light, on the other hand, will cause the palm to stop growing. The latter is especially noticeable in summer, when plants have a growth spurt.

Areca palm watering

The Areca palm, unlike the Kentia palm, is a real water drinker. The Areca palm prefers to receive a sip of water once a week. Although in the warm summer months it is best to water it twice a week. As soon as the potting soil is always slightly moist you are doing well. Make sure that you do not give too much water. Too much water cannot escape through the roots, which can eventually lead to root rot. This is a well-known phenomenon among houseplants, although it is quite annoying for the Areca.

Plant nutrition

The Areca palm soon runs out of energy. It is therefore important to provide extra plant nutrition. From spring onwards you can add some liquid plant nutrition with every watering. Keep the frequency of plant nutrition at no more than once a week. Otherwise the Areca palm will get too much nourishment, which can also cause damage.

Repotting

It is best to repot the Areca palm every 2 years. We also recommend repotting the plant immediately after purchase. The flowerpot should be 20% larger than its previous one. This will give the palm enough space to grow again. The new fresh potting soil also provides extra nutrition and reduces the risk of poorly permeable potting soil. We recommend repotting the plant in the spring. The reason? Roots can be damaged during repotting. In spring, sunlight gives the plant enough energy to repair the damage.

Air purifying function

A very air-purifying plant, that’s the Areca palm. Although the plant is more known for removing harmful substances. The Areca palm also converts CO2 into oxygen, although it does this less well than purifying the air. The substances that the Areca palm can purify fairly well are the following: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Trichloroethylene and Toluene.

Is the Areca palm poisonous?

Good news for all animal lovers! The Areca palm is not poisonous. Feel free to drop your cat or dog to the plant. The cat may nibble at it, but this is harmless.

Diseases and peculiarities

As soon as the Areca palm is in a dry environment, the plant is susceptible to spider mites. In nature the Areca palm stands in an environment with high humidity. When the humidity is very low, the plant has a bad immune system. In addition, a location with a lot of draught can cause mealy bugs. If the Areca palm suffers from vermin, you can use pesticides.

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