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How to Grow Chrysalidocarpus – Areca Palm

Chrysalidocarpus, commonly called Areca palm

Chrysalidocarpus–commonly called Areca palm–is a graceful, feathery palm with clumps of slender, reedlike canes and arching, shiny, lance-shaped yellowish-green fronds. 

Chrysalidocarpus is a genus of about 20 species of single- or cluster-stemmed palms. Only one is grown as a houseplant, Chrysalidocarpus lutescens.

Chrysalidocarpus prefers full sun but will grow in shade. Indoors grow Chrysalidocarpus in bright light. Chrysalidocarpus is a bit temperamental and can take some time to acclimatize to indoor growing.

Get to know Chrysalidocarpus 

  • Plant type: Palm
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 14 and 15
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Optimal growing temperature: day, 70° to 80°F (21° to 27°C), night 58° to 65°F (14° to 18°C).
  • Height and width: 5 feet (1.5 m) in height indoors; outdoors in tropical regions, 28 feet (9m) takk and 20 feet (6m) wide.  
  • Foliage: Graceful feathery palm with clumps of slender, reedlike canes that bear arching, shiny, strap-shaped green fronds.
  • Flowers:  Small 3-petal flowers are borne on panicles
  • Bloom time: Summer
  • Uses: Houseplant, grow as a specimen tree in tropical regions
  • Common name: Areca plam, cane palm, yellow palm
  • Botanical name:  Chrysalidocarpus
  • Family name:  Arecaceae
  • Origin: Madagascar

Where to plant Chrysalidocarpus 

  • Light indoors: Bright light, no direct sun, from eastern or western exposure. Give areca palm bright light. 
  • Light outdoors: Sun or partial shade
  • Soil indoors: All-purpose mix, with good drainage. Use an all-purpose soil mix for repotting. 
  • Soil outdoors: Humus-rich, well-drained soil.
Areca Palm, Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
Areca Palm, Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

When to plant Chrysalidocarpus 

  • Set Chrysalidocarpus outdoors any time of the year in tropical and subtropical regions.

Planting and spacing Chrysalidocarpus  

  • Space Chrysalidocarpus 20 feet (6m) apart outdoors.

How to water and feed Chrysalidocarpus  

  • Water: Keep soil evenly moist, not soggy. Mist daily, twice in warm weather. Humidity, 45% to 60%.  
  • Feeding: Every 2 weeks during growing season, with mild liquid fertilizer. Fertilize regularly during spring and summer. 

Chrysalidocarpus care  

  •  Chrysalidocarpus rests during winter. Keep soil barely moist; withhold fertilizer. 

Growing Chrysalidocarpus as a houseplant

  • Give Chrysalidocarpus bright light, warm room temperature, and medium humidity.
  • Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy; wet, cold soil can cause leaves to turn yellow.
  • Fertilize regularly during spring and summer.

Chrysalidocarpus pests and diseases  

  • Check for mealybugs, spider mites, scale. Avoid drafts. Areca palm is subject to damage by aphids, whiteflies and salt buildup. 
  • Areca palm is subject to damage by aphids, whiteflies and salt buildup. 

Chrysalidocarpus propagation  

  • Propagate from offsets. Area palm grows slowly, about 6 inches a year, and needs repotting only when it outgrows its pot. It can become pot bound without adverse effects. Use an all-purpose soil mix for repotting. By division or seeds.  

Chrysalidocarpus varieties to grow  

  • Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, areca palm, yellow palm: Only species of palm in this genus grown indoors.grows to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall with light green, arching fronds to 4 feet in length; fronds are yellow-green; only species grown as a houseplant .  

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