The Areca Palm requires regular watering to keep its soil consistently moist. However, it's important to avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot. Here are the key points to keep in mind:
- Water once a week during the growing season (spring to fall) and once every two to three weeks in winter.
- Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering.
- Avoid waterlogging the soil, as this can lead to root rot.
- Don't get water on the leaves, as this can lead to leaf spot.
Common watering mistakes to avoid include:
- Over-watering: This can lead to root rot and is often caused by watering too frequently or leaving the soil waterlogged.
- Under-watering: This can cause the fronds to turn yellow and the tips to brown. It is often caused by not watering regularly enough.
- Not checking soil moisture: Always check the soil moisture before watering to avoid over or under-watering.
- Watering only at the surface: Make sure to water the soil thoroughly and deeply, as the Areca Palm's roots grow deep.
- Using hard water: Hard water can cause mineral buildup in the soil, which can be harmful to the plant. Use filtered or distilled water instead.
By following these guidelines and avoiding common mistakes, you can ensure that your Areca Palm is properly hydrated and healthy.