Areca Palms - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
Question by raquel7
February 23, 2011
I have a large hedge on one side of the yard all of areca palms, which are self-sufficient, but lately are not looking so hot. I do not have a lot of time but what do you recommend? Also, I want to plan something in front of the arecas to add visial interest. The soil is extremely dry. What plants do you recommend? Tks, Raquel

Answer from NGA
February 23, 2011


Areca palms make great screening plants and are relatively easy to care for. The foliage can yellow if they need to be fed. Use a palm fertilizer (one high in phosphous and potassium but low in nitrogen) and apply according to label directions. It will take 4-5 weeks for your palms to regain their color.

You can plant daylilies or Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) near your areca palms to provide a splash of color from spring through fall. Enjoy your garden.

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