The areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a tropical palm species that occurs naturally in Madagascar. Since the areca palm grows mainly in moist areas along the coast. Areca's are rare in other areas or further inland. The areca is in the Red List on record as near threatened ( "sensitive"). That is because this popular houseplant regularly taken from the wild to be sold.


The palm has large amounts of sunlight but not direct sunlight. A place in the penumbra is ideal for this plant.

In addition, the plant can be quite large, so the plant is best in large spaces. Good areas are spacious living rooms, halls or offices.


The areca palm is easy to care. Especially where care must be taken that the plant remains moist. Therefore, the plant needs plenty of water. Please note that the plant does not get too much water, otherwise the roots rot.

Watering the leaves of the Areca palm is also recommended, this can prevent the plant is infected with insects. The palm stays looking so fresh.

Further, the palm survives the best at a temperature between 18 and 24 ° C.

air purification

According to Dr. BC Wolverton, an expert in the field of air-purifying plants, the areca palm is among the best air pollinator-plants. The palm is in fact very well in the removal of the toxic substances formaldehyde, benzene, trichlorethylene and toluene from the air. These are substances that are found in almost all households and offices.

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