Areca Palm care and usage: The Bamboo palm

The Areca Palm (also called the Bamboo Palm) is commonly known for its indoor use. It is easy to see this palm in Victorian decorations and vintage movies. The reason is that you live happily indoors without the need for direct sun. Also, the necessary care to keep it in the best conditions is minimal.

This type of palm is native to Madagascar. But today, it is spread all over the world. From large hotels, chain stores, restaurants and private homes, everyone takes advantage of the exquisite foliage and voluptuousness of this so grateful palm.

Ideal environment for areca palm care

Like most if not all palm trees, they belong to tropical and subtropical climates. So the basic rules for their care are more or less the same that you would use with your tropical plants. But if you still have doubts, when you think of areca, think in middle terms. Not much, not little.

When we talk about palm trees, surely the first image that comes to mind is an island battered by the strong sun and saline breezes from the sea. Well, with areca, this image is not the healthiest. Since the excess of sun or wind usually burns the leaves. Making them yellowish or burning the tips until they turn brown. So, the ideal in the middle terms. Strong light (not direct rays) or filtered sun, and areas where air circulates but not with strong breezes.


Palm tree, at last, areca enjoys a well-drained, composted substrate. You can mix garden soil with some sand. This will help the soil not retain too much water. If you are going to have them in a pot or pot, I advise you to place pebbles or river Chinese at the bottom of it to ensure good land drainage.

Irrigation and fertilizers

In hot weather, water it twice a week, and in cold weather once every two weeks. If you have it indoors, be sure to touch the ground to see if it needs water. Remember that excesses can destroy it.

Like any tropical plant, the areca likes some humidity in the environment. If you have it indoors and the environment is very dry, spray the leaves with a spray bottle once or twice a week (rainwater preferably).

To fertilize your areca, use a well balanced 10-10-10 compost (fairly diluted). You can also add organic compost to the soil before planting it and let it feed naturally every time you water it.

Pruning and propagation

Areca tends to grow very fast. So periodically, you will have to prune the excess leaves. Cut the stalk fairly close to the trunk.

If you have it planted in the ground, it is also advisable to eliminate the children or new growths that will come out near the base. Otherwise, it will continue to spread wildly and take all the space. Take advantage of these new growths and resembles them in another pot.

Areca palm tends to add an “I don’t know what” of freshness to the place where it is placed. That is why many people use it to decorate. Some people tend to cut some leaves and place them in vases with water inside the house, which looks spectacular.

This palm is excellent for both outdoors and indoors. The same to keep in a pot or directly on the ground. Also, the best thing about this palm is that it will always resurface despite your beginner mistakes. It is a strong palm, quite independent and always ready for whatever comes. Advice? Start with a small palm and keep it in a pot until you get to know it better.

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