Dypsis lutescens - Areca palm
Dypsis lutescens - Areca palm
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Dypsis lutescens - Areca palm

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Dypsis lutescens is part of the Arecaceae family and its native range is E. Madagascar. It is a clustering palm made up of many tufts, stems are yellow and topped with pinnate, arching, light-green leaves. 

It is near threatened in its native habitat due to agriculture & aquaculture and biological resource use. (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/195960/2436709)

Genus name may be related to the Greek dypto 'I dive' or dyptes 'diver'. Specific epithet comes from the Latin for ‘marshy, living in the marshes.’

Pot: ø 12cm.

Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. South or west-facing windows with a curtain to prevent scorching.

Water: Allow the top 3 inches of potting mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 18-24˚C. 

Humidity: Dypsis lutescens would prefer higher humidity (60% and above) but adapt well to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Dypsis lutescens is non-toxic.