Areca Palm - Knowledgebase Question

St. Petersburg, Fl
Question by kathy4621
March 1, 2010
I have just bought an areca palm. I know many
people use it as a house plant but I would like to
have it in my garden. What should I know about
planting and maintaining it?


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Answer from NGA
March 1, 2010

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Areca palm is Chrysalidocarpus lutescens and commonly called yellow butterfly palm. It is a graceful, clump-growing palm which reaches 20 to 30 feet in height with a spread of 8 to 10 feet. It is quite frost tender, though, so the University of Florida suggest planting it in a container so you can move it to a frost free place if necessary. If you'd rather plant it in the ground, expect frond damage if temperatures dip near freezing. Aside from that one caution, areca palms are widely grown outdoors in Florida.

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