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How Do I Care for a Palmera Plant?

Updated February 21, 2017

Palmera is the Spanish name for palm tree. The areca palm is often referred to by the name of palmera. Smaller palmera plants may be grown indoors or kept outside. These plants prefer a dry area, subtropical climate with partial humidity and partial shade. Most outdoor palmera plants survive well under direct sunlight provided the plant has enough water.

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  1. Check for pests or bugs. Look under the leaves and stems.

  2. Mix a few drops of mild detergent with water in a spray bottle. You can add pepper and/or garlic to your water and detergent mix if you see a lot of bugs on your plant.

  3. Spray your plant making sure you completely spray the underside of the leaves.

  4. Water your plant. You only need to water your plant when the soil feels dry. Do not overwater your palmera as these plants are used to dry conditions. Once a week is typically the recommend schedule.

  5. Apply a fertiliser to the soil. You need to fertilise your plant once a month and only when the soil is moist.

  6. Apply a manganese supplement. These supplements can be purchased from most plant nurseries. This will help your palmera plant grow and stay healthy.

  7. Consider a pH adjustment. If you are growing a palmera plant indoors and you do not have direct sunlight, test the soil to determine the pH level. A pH level of 6.0 to 7.6 is recommended for palmera plants. Adjust the pH level by adding 102gr of ground rock sulphur per square yard to lower the pH level by 1.0. Rake the rock sulphur into the soil to mix. Add 113gr of lime per square yard to raise the pH level by 1.0. Rake the lime into the soil to mix.

  8. Tip

    Cow manure, fish emulsion, or seaweed are good organic fertilisers for outdoor palmera plants.

    Warning

    Avoid using commercial leaf spray shine. Such sprays contain ingredients and chemicals that can harm your plants leaves and clog its pores.

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Things You'll Need

  • Organic fertiliser
  • Water
  • Gardening gloves
  • Garden tools
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Pepper (or garlic)
  • Spray bottle
  • Manganese supplement

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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