Indoor Areca Palms

rjfish1(z5 OH)March 28, 2008

I purchased 2 areca plants from our local Homedepot. No plant care instructions. I purchased two decorative planters for them since they were going to be a focal point in our house. Both were doing fine. I transplanted them and used miraclegrow potting soil for them. I water them every 2 days. One plant is in the corner of the room approx. 4 feet from the french doors on the south side and 2 feet from a window on the east side of the house (this one wasn't doing so good after i brought it home. The other plant is in the same room just furter away from the window and door (this one was doing great). About 8 feet from the door and 6 feet from the window. The plants both started to turn a brown color. The one closes to the door is doing great the other one isn't now. I water both of them at the same time etc... Do you think that they just need more time to adjust to the new pots? The one that isn't doing so good now has two new shoots coming up the middle that just haven't opened up yet.

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Just a friendly tip . Home depot is not the best place to buy a palm up north.Also An areca palm is not the easiest palm to grow indoors up north either. The other tip never transplant in the winter months.Not even early spring. The other thing watering this time of year indoors every 2 days is too much.I have killed soo many palms that I know better. Too little water is much better then too much. I wish someone would have told me that 15 years ago . Good luck and being so close to spring im sure they will rebound...Bill

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 8:17PM
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rjfish1(z5 OH)

They were a great price. I had to transplant them to a bigger pot. The pot that they came in was so small and there was barely any dirt. You could see the roots. I water every 2 days because the soil is dry by then. We have our heat still on so it drys the soil out faster. Up north we always water more in the winter than the summer. All my other indoor plants are the same way. I am hoping that the one just went into shock and will recover for the other one is doing great now.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 8:41PM
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Watering more in the winter than in the summer just doesn't make any sense. Anybody second that!?! The heat being on in the house doesn't even compare to the summer heat outside. Unless its 80 degrees and very very dry, don't water them every 2 days. Make sure when you water its not just dry on the surface. If its soaked under the surface and you water because the top is dry you're overwatering it. Also I wouldn't buy a plant that barely had any dirt in the pot and the roots were showing. What you need to do is find a very sunny spot (south window) and only water once a week. Until you can plant them in partial shade outside. Trust me. They are not houseplants like HD and Lowes claims they are.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 10:57PM
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yeh, you want to really grow them on the drier side during the northern winter as indoor plants. Watering every two days at this time of year is excessive (unless it's planted in very small pot with one of those soil mediums that holds water for about 15 minutes). I water my Areca (Dypsis lutens) about every ten days in the winter. I've never really had a problem with them as houseplants so I wouldn't say that they are bad indoor palms. Mine is currently under flourescent lights in the basement with the rest of the collection (extra humidity down there helps). And while HD (or Lowe's) is our all time favorite store to love/hate, I also wouldn't say you can't purchase great palms there for great prices. Healthy palms that I have purchased at HD include: Chinese fans, Foxtail, Manila, Parlor, Spindle, Triangle, and Dwarf Phoenix. And as the palms are overwintering under artificial light conditions, I pretty much get away with transplanting year-round.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 8:16AM
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rjfish1(z5 OH)

Thank you all for your input. I have two of them and the second one is doing great. I will cut down on the water like suggested and see what becomes. The leaves go from dark green, to a lighter green and then start to brown.

So what I'm getting is that water sparingly about every 10days or so. What about my lighting? Would you say that is fine? I am assuming that the one in the corner closes to the door is good because it is doing fine but what about the other one.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 9:19AM
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Try moving it next to the other one and doing exactly the same thing to it. I said water it once a week. Not every 10 days. Don't be too "sparingly" with the water.


    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 10:52AM
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rjfish1(z5 OH)

I purchased a moisture meter for plants yesterday. I also moved it right next to the other plant. The moisture meter is saying it as at 2 and that is what the healthy plant reads to. Does anybody know what it is suppose to read or at least a good reading for areca palm?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2008 at 9:47AM
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rjfish1(z5 OH)

After searching on some other sites I read that other as well got some palms from the same place. They are queen/ "majestic" palms? Does that make a difference in their care? Like I mentioned before the leaves don't turn yellow the just go brown and and dry.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 8:27AM
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