A graceful and attractive palm, with closely growing upright stems and long arching linear leaves that will create a handsome focal point in any room. Still one of the most popular houseplants and it is easy to see why as it is so versatile and easy to look after. This palm does best in warm, humid conditions. A popular houseplant, the Areca palm is fairly easy to care for as long as you don’t over-water it. Although it is a heavy feeder, its fronds may yellow if it is over-fertilized. Don’t be alarmed about sooty flecks that develop on the palm’s sheaths as they occur naturally and are not a sign of disease or pests. Light and Water Although they like a warm atmosphere don't place it near a radiator or heat source and choose a brightly lit spot but not in direct sun. A bright indirect light spot will suit it best. Water regularly through the growing season with soft water, or rainwater but let the surface of the soil dry out slightly before watering again. Reduce watering through the winter months. These plants need humidity so mist the leaves regularly or stand on a tray of damp pebbles with some water. Lastly wipe of any dust from the palm fronds/leaves from time to time and trim off fronds/leaves if they yellow and dry out.