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London, UK
AgnesJ
Jun 10, 2020 2:51 PM CST
Hi
Over a month ago I bough an Areca Palm. It has quite a lot of new leaves coming out, but since the delivery the emerging leaves have NOT GROWN AT ALL. They seem to be frozen in time.

I carefully checked the roots recently because I was worried that something might be happening with them - they look good and healthy. No root rot.

All leaves look good - they are green and healthy. No brown or yellow tips.

As far as I know I am giving it proper conditions. It stands about 2 m from a large south-west facing window. Most of the day it gets bright indirect light. In the evenings it gets about 1-2 hours of direct light.

I run a humidifier all day.

I am watering it once the moisture meter inserted close to the root ball reaches 2-3. That's what I was advised by the seller (Hortology). I also check with the finger if the soil feels dry (as far as my finger could reach). I then water it thoroughly until a bit of water comes out from the bottom. I remove the excess water.

I fertilised it once so far with half strength fish emulsion and added some worm castings (mixed them with the top layer of the soil).

There is no sign of any pests.

The only thing that comes to my mind is that maybe the soil is not airy enough? It takes about 2 weeks for the soil to reach 2-3 after watering. And thats in very sunny and warm weather.

Or perhaps something stressed the plant during delivery? But the days and nights were quite warm.

I contacted the seller but they said that the plant just needs some time. Anyway nothing seems to be changing...

Does anybody have any idea why my areca palm is not growing at all? What could I do to improve the situation? Is there any chance it will start growing soon?

I will be grateful for any tips.

Agnes xx
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 10, 2020 3:16 PM CST
Welcome! Agnes! Be patient with your new Areca. It is adapting to its new home. Like most Palms, it is a slow grower that often goes a month or more without any new growth. The important thing is that there is no decline in the existing fronds.

If you moved it a bit closer to the window that might help. Also, don't allow more than the top inch or so of soil to get dry before watering, regardless of what the meter reads.
Will Creed
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London, UK
AgnesJ
Jun 10, 2020 3:26 PM CST
Thank you so much Will for you prompt and thorough reply! I really appreciate it! :)

I'll do as you suggested - I'll move it closer to the window and water it as you said.

And I'll be more patient ;)

Thank you again!


Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
Jun 10, 2020 3:39 PM CST
If the leaves have a hard time opening in the future, use a wet (almost dripping) paper towel to gently rub/wipe along the leaf from base to tip a couple of times. A gentle shake afterwards can help as well. Indoor humidity tends to be a little low and breezes are hard to come by — both help to get leaves to open.
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London, UK
AgnesJ
Jun 10, 2020 4:24 PM CST
Thank you so much for the tip John! I would never have thought of that! I will try that :)

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