Ask a Question forum→Please save my sad Areca palm! :(

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BrownThumbArnie
Jun 13, 2020 3:07 AM CST
Hi you guys,

I do not know how to save her - I put leca on the bottom of the pot, try to maintain a healthy watering schedule but this palm does not like me. Is there anything I can do to make her flourish again? Spray something or what?

When I bought it was beautiful... :(

Cheers
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MAGA (Make ARECA great again)

Brown Thumb Arnie.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 13, 2020 10:05 AM CST
@BrownThumbArnie - Welcome! Your plant has a pretty serious spider mite infestation.

Mix a solution of water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, spray all leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. It is a very messy task, but unless you get complete coverage and make direct contact even with the ones you cannot see. If you miss a few of the tiny critters the infestation will return.

Plant pests prey on plants in a weakened condition, so there may be some watering issues as well. How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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BrownThumbArnie
Jun 14, 2020 12:25 AM CST
Thank you Will! Now I know what's been killing my Areca.

I have covered the soil with the plastic foil to prevent the soapy water from going in there and sprayed the plant thoroughly! Do I rinse it after some time?

I also bought a special soil for palms, removed the ikea plastic pot and replanted it to the white pot you can see on the pictures. (there's LECA on the bottom) - when I was doing that I noticed that the soil was quite wet, it seems that I did not water it properly.

How do I know the right amount? Should I stick to 17 oz a week?

Once again, thanks for your reply I REALLY appreciate it I tip my hat to you.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 8:24 AM CST
It wasn't necessary to cover the soil while spraying. The soap runoff is harmless to the plant. Rinsing is not necessary either. Continue to be vigilant in watching for any new live mites.

Replanting changes everything about a plant's water requirements, so I don't know how to advise you specifically. Try watering it so that the top half-inch of soil dries out every seven days.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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