Asked on Apr 29, 2012

Why does my acrea palm look yellow?? Need more water?

Diane DantzerSpottySusan


I've been slowly but surely working on my little yard. Struggling to un-pot the aloe and snake plants, I gave my hands a rest. I've planted the palm, grasses and somethig that looks like it died already. I put in fence along the patio and in front to go around the hitch but I think it needs to be moved closer.
15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 30, 2012

    If you just moved your Areca palm, Pat, it may be going through transplant shock. And, if you did, it also has much higher than normal water needs. But palms also need special palm fertilizer to get the micro nutrients they need to thrive. Regular fertilizer does not supply them.

  • Pat S
    on Apr 30, 2012

    Thank you Douglas. I planted it a couple of weeks ago. I'll get to feeding and watering.

  • Karol
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I would suggest you move your palm further from the house because once they take off they really take off. I know you said you just planted it , it may as Douglas said still be in transplant shock. I live in Florida where they are everywhere and tend to be a eyesire after they sstart turning brown and yellow on the outer frawns. just sayin.

  • Kelp4Less
    on Aug 22, 2013

    Have you tried kelp on it? It's a great transplant aid and it's really inexpensive - here is a link -, we just used it on our peppers (we are in Idaho and had a major windstorm), and it made a massive difference. You won't burn them, kelp is way too gentle for that, but I'll bet you see a huge difference in just a few hours.

  • as Douglas said plus they. to me it seen to be dry, sandy ground (no nutrients), plant to deep with no mulch and sunny spot .... all this area factors

  • Cathy Kurpil
    on Oct 14, 2013

    Your little yard look is looking nice...very tropical! Areca's do need a lot of water, I'm constantly watering mine.

  • Bethar
    on Oct 24, 2013

    When replanting leave crown above ground.

  • Laura
    on Nov 26, 2013

    Arecas are very prone to mites and scale, make sure those are not the problem. They will cause yellowing and are often hard to see...

  • Hilliriah Jacobs
    on Dec 15, 2013

    you have the right plants for indoor use to clear your home of impurities from most chemicals used for cleaning, also helps if one has allergies. the aloe,snake plant,and that palm which i know as bamboo palm, they are all low maintenance

  • Leona G
    on Dec 28, 2013

    The Snake Plant, Sansevieria, can spread as can the aloe. Be careful with the aloe as it has spikes on the leaves and can cut you real easy. Arecas are heavy feeders but I would give it a chance to settle in since you just transplanted it and wait at least 6 weeks after transplanting to fertilize with a good palm fertilizer. Also try to keep you regular fertilizer away from the plant and just use the palm fertilizer to do everything else. Good luck

  • Sonya Rose
    on Jan 14, 2014

    that looks to me what we call golden glow I would not leave it where you have it It should grow big and strong and will clump move it to the back of yard The yellow is normal as per the name @30 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.Pat

  • 'Joan Williames
    on Mar 20, 2014

    Epsom salt also works wonders with palms here in Florida because our sandy soil Palms tend to have issues of this yellowing. This was taught to me by old landscaper. Tp my surprise it greened up like my grass did.

  • Susan
    on Feb 4, 2015

    Epsom salt for the palm. Don't plant too close to the house. You want to leave room for growth. Also Aloe spreads

  • Spotty
    on Feb 4, 2015

    Epsom salts is right on...palms need the magnesium that is in it.

  • Diane Dantzer
    on Mar 1, 2015

    You better move that Norfolk pine tree. To close to the edge of your driveway. Plant it out about 6 feet.

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