How to Plant Areca Palm Seeds

The areca palm, also known as the Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, has a graceful appearance. This palm species originally hails from Madagascar, thrives in full to partial sunlight and is very drought-tolerant, which makes it ideal for gardeners who want a low-maintenance, hardy palm tree. Instead of buying a started palm in a garden store or nursery, which can often be expensive, grow your own areca palm via seed.


Step 1

Fill a gallon-sized pot with soilless potting mix to within an inch of the pot's brim.

Step 2

Clean the areca palm seed if it was not harvested immediately prior to you planting it. Using a knife, cut into the fibrous husk that covers the seed and peel it off to reveal the smooth seed inside. If you're planting the seed immediately after collecting it from an areca palm, cleaning is not necessary.

Step 3

Bury the seed in the soilless potting mix to a depth so that its top surface is just barely visible.

Step 4

Water the pot twice a day or as necessary to keep the top couple of inches of potting mix moist.

Step 5

Place the pot in a brightly lit area that is out of direct sunlight. For the best germination rates, maintain a temperature around the pot of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The areca palm will typically germinate within two to six weeks.

Joshua Duvauchelle

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