Ask a Question forum: Areca Palm leaves wilting

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Name: Jessybean
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Zone 5b)
jessybean
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. :)

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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.

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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?

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Name: tarev
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tarev
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.
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planterino
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.
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