Ask a Question forum: Areca Palm leaves wilting

Views: 573, Replies: 2 » Jump to the end
Name: Jessybean
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Zone 5b)
Apr 5, 2017 1:45 PM CST
I just bought this little palm from Home Depot (you think I would have learned my lesson by now, I think their plants are cared for in a way that makes them last just until they get in your door). I think it's an Areca Palm, or at least that's what I was going for. :)

Thumb of 2017-04-05/jessybean/e8cdaa

When I got it home, I noticed the leaves were dusty or something, I was worried they had sprayed it with something, so I wiped them with a wet cloth and I think some of the leaves went directly under the water. I'm guessing this is what started the problem.

Thumb of 2017-04-05/jessybean/8c6a3c

Now the leaves are brownish and wilted. It doesn't look happy. I tried watering it normally, then watering it lots, and now I'm not watering it at all. It hasn't changed during any of this.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thumb of 2017-04-05/jessybean/23edc1
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Apr 5, 2017 2:10 PM CST
It could be just adjusting to temperature variance, being moved from one location to another. Give it time to adjust . Just trim off the wilted leaves. Be careful with watering, less water when temps are still cooler.
Apr 10, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Coincidentally, I also bought an Areca palm not so long ago, and it did just the same thing as yours is doing right now. It lost quite a few leaves, even it's new growth at the time. But after adjusting it's absolutely fine and even thriving. Just don't over-water it, thorough watering once a week during spring-summer, and once every 2 weeks during dormant periods does just fine. Also it loves misting, it's a tropical plant after-all. Here's a picture of the Areca I bought last summer.
Thumb of 2017-04-10/planterino/ae75fe

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Geranium maderense"