Why Are My Areca Palm Leaves Turning Yellow?

It is Areca Palm Leaves, also called Dypsis Lutescens is among the most sought-after indoor plants that can enhance the look of your living space.

Due to its beautiful long fronds. However, it’s one of the most difficult to keep because of its vulnerability to coloration (yellowing). This raises the question: why? “Why are my areca palm Leaves turning yellow?”

Areca palms are becoming yellow due to the soil conditions, and other external influences that affect the plant. For example, the it could result from personal errors such as using the tap water (contains fluoride) or excessive fertilizers. over-watering or under-watering. Regarding the soil’s conditions it may be due to an imbalance in nutrition or a fungus attack. In terms of the external environment, this can be due to temperature, weather as well as pests and the general state of the atmosphere.

This article we’ll try examine every possible reason for yellowing on the Areca Palm plant. At the end of this article, you’ll be able to comprehend why these symptoms happen and not confuse one with another. In final, it is possible that you will be able to solve the issue easily.

Nutrient Deficiencies

One of the main reasons for yellowing of the truck and in parts of Areca the fronds is due to nutrient deficiency. It is usually the result of an imbalance in nutrient levels within the soil.

The most common causes are improper use of fertilizers or soil that isn’t adequate for the needs of the plant. Common deficiencies in nutrient levels are magnesium, potassium, nitrogen manganese, iron, and manganese. We will dive deep into the…


Nitrogen is responsible for the green color of your plant and also its growth. Therefore, a lack of it will just result in yellowing of the foliage and a slowed growth.

This kind of deficiency is typical of palms like the Areca since it’s a plant that is potted and potted plants aren’t able to access to nutrients such as Nitrogen in contrast to the outdoors where nitrogen is produced evenly in nature.

The nitrogen content in potter’s soil is likely to decrease because of the saturation in the soil. This is why naturally, the process of denitrification occurs.


The solution is to use a fertilizer that is rich in Nitrogen. Spread enough nitrogen to your plant. Allow it to absorb the nutrients, and voila! The fronds will be more green and your plant is growing back.


The absence of magnesium in the soil can affect your palm plant at a aesthetic level. There is nothing serious, but there is a noticeable yellowing of the palm fronds. The reason is the high concentrations of Nitrogen and calcium in the soil. Additionally, the soil may be too acidic, or too alkaline.


What you require is fertilizer. It is recommended to apply magnesium Sulfate in a controlled amount and in a controlled manner. Additionally, you should apply potassium to avoid nutritional imbalance.

In the event that your soil appears too acidic, apply dolomitic limestone to fix the problem. If the soil is too alkaline, you can avoid using magnesium oxide. Because it doesn’t dissolve in this soil.


Potassium is important for the development of the Areca plant, and also helps to keep the fronds from getting old. The sign is a translucent yellowing on the fronds.

At some time, the color may change to brown. If this is the case, then the deficiencies have led to necrosis, which means that fronds (tissues) are dying. There are a variety of reasons your plant is deficient in this vital nutrient

  • The soil is not sufficiently sandy and potassium can escape quickly when soil is more acidic.
  • Unbalanced fertilizer – the fertilizer that you used does not contain enough potassium for your plant pot to utilize.


If the soil is too sandy is the case (or excessively acidic) the best solution is making the soil a slightly clayy. Clay can store potassium better than soil that is sandy. However, before you add clay, make sure you apply the correct fertilizer.

The most effective option is potassium sulfate that has been sulfur coated. It is true that it should not be used by itself. Utilizing magnesium as a fertilizer can cause an imbalance in potassium and magnesium.

Be aware that fronds that have tissue that is dead will eventually fall off or fall away, however new ones will emerge at the right the right time for replacement. Additionally, potassium deficiency is an extremely serious issue, and you must address it immediately.

indoor palm next to green table and chairs


Manganese is extremely important for plants in general because it’s integral to many of the biological processes of plants. Like transpiration, Nitrogen absorption, photosynthesis and root cell elongation and numerous others. Insufficient amounts of these will cause the complete breakdown in your Acrea. It starts with the appearance of yellowed leaves.

If the issue persists, the result is necrosis of the veins that lead to leaves. If the problem is not addressed the fronds will end up dying and falling off.

This type of deficiency only occurs when the soil is Alkaline (its pH is higher than 6.5). Manganese becomes unsolvable. It could also be due to excessive phosphorus or an oversaturated soil that has poor drainage.


There are two options to resolve this manganese issue. You can either alter the soil’s pH by adding an sulfuric acid. You can apply manganese sulfate on the soil, or the leaves (fronds).

It is recommended use 2 tablespoons manganese sulfate for each gallon of water in your water can. After that, water either the soil, or Areca fronds. Whatever you decide to do the plant will be restored to its original state.


It is a typical reason for the yellowing of the Areca plant. The process (chlorosis) occurs in the veins of new leaves, not the older ones. The result is a necrosis that appears that begins at the tips of the newly-formed leaves.

The causes of iron deficiency are:

  • The soil is overwatered
  • Roots aren’t deep enough
  • Roots damaged
  • Alkaline soil


The best solution is to add iron sulfate or chelated iron to your plant. There are two ways that you can do this. Apply one-half teaspoon of each of these fertilizers for every gallon of water to the leaves (temporary solutions) or you can absorb the soil. Another option is to fertilize the soil or plant your Areca in the correct depth.

Low Humidity

The leaves that you have on your Areca plant is still losing lots of water through the intense transpiration. The yellowing starts to show up in the older leaves. If it continues, the tips of the fronds, even the youngest ones will begin to become brown (necrosis).


The most effective way to tackle this issue is to keep the air sufficiently humid to limit excessive transpiration. It is possible to harm your Areca plant with another.

They’ll release safe levels of moisture that are enough to stop excessive transpiration. It is also possible to utilize humidity, or even better, an appropriate humidifier to maintain humidity levels at or above 40%..

Heat Stress

We’ve all experienced how awful it is to take a walk in the scorching heat at 85 degrees. Plants experience the same sensation too. Your Areca plant isn’t any different because the extreme heat of the high nighttime, daytime, and even topsoil temperatures can result in severe damage that starts with the appearance of yellowing in affected regions.

The result is a stunted growth leaves turn brown, leaves fall flowers and seeds also stop producing. Why? Because of the extreme heat that will cause an excessive amount of transpiration. The roots as well as the soil shed a lot of water.


The harsh heat waves are only in summer, so it is best to ensure that the soil is constantly moist. At the very least, wait until your soil is dried up completely before watering again. To ensure that you don’t end up overwatering your plants.

Another method to ensure that the soil is damp is to use sufficient mulch. It will prevent heat waves from affecting your plant. The mulch should be at least 2 inches thick over the soil.


This happens due to the direct exposure to sunlight that burn the fronds, stems, and every other component it comes into contact with. The plant then begins to turn yellow. After a prolonged period of exposure, certain areas of the plant may become darker.


The plant should be kept away of direct light. It should be placed in a place where it will get indirect sunlight.

Root Rot and Stem Rot

It is not necessary for overwatering by itself to cause stem and root rot. Another cause could be fungus, since it attacks the roots, and then, later the stems will become a too.

You can’t, or may not have the time or patience to determine if the soil you use for potting has the fungus. It’s not until it has an effect on the plant. The fungus may remain dormant in the soil until overwatering occurs (once or more than once).

When the stems and roots begin to rot and yellowing starts to show on the stems and fronds. Because there’s not enough water reaching the roots and stems.


The most effective way to rid your plant from this issue is to remove the affected areas. It is recommended to start by removing the roots. Here are some suggestions on how you can go about it:

  • Remove your plant gently from the pot.
  • Wash it over your garden sink
  • Let the rotten roots fall away
  • Remove infected areas which are less likely to be lost
  • The same process is done for leaves
  • Cut off the portions that make up the leaf (half of each of them) in order that roots are able to support the entire plant
  • Clean the pot using bleach.
  • After that, carefully repot the plant.

Insect Infestation

Many pests could attack the Areca Palm plant. These include caterpillars, scales and mites l and on. The most frequent insect is the mealybug.

They are found in the area in your Areca plant, where the stem joins the fronds (foliage). The result is yellowing of the fronds, and browning at the tips.


The most effective method to get rid off the pests is to wash them off with water. It can wash off the bugs, the eggs and the sticky substance that it typically leaves behind.

Another option alternative is dip a piece cotton in alcohol (isopropyl) and then scrub the bugs away. You can also spray a pesticide over the area that is infested.

Excess Watering

The overwatering of plants is the most common reason for leaves turning yellow. The excess moisture in soil triggers the roots to expand and eventually rot.

The leaves and the stems don’t get enough water to ensure their health, and so they begin to degrade and begins to turn discolored (yellowing).


Here are the steps to revive your Areca to prevent it from overwatering:

  • Gently lift the plant
  • Clean the roots, then remove the affected roots
  • The soil should be drained properly
  • Repot the plant.

It is possible to stop it from happening by following an organized irrigation schedule designed with the season in consideration. Before you water make sure that the soil is at least 2-3 inches dry.

In the spring or summer the frequency of watering is important however, during winter and autumnmonths, the amount of watering is less. Because the soil is much more moist during this time. Therefore, excessive watering can cause issues.

Over Drying the Soil (Underwatering)

Of course you must allow the soil to dry, however, you shouldn’t let it dry in a state of starvation. Since moisture will begin to disappear from the soil to the point where the roots are unable to provide enough water to the leaves and stems. Without nutrients and moisture the plant can begin to decay. It usually begins with the yellowing of leaves.


I would prefer adding some water into the soil in a proper manner. You should start by examining and checking the soil to determine whether it’s dry.

This is the time to be sure to water your plants. It is also recommended to establish an irrigation schedule keeping the seasons in your mind. This will prevent your plant from suffering from overwatering during winter, and a dip in the summer.

Over Fertilizing

In addition, adding excessive fertilizers or fertilizers in a highly high concentration to the Areca plant can cause serious symptoms such as burning of the fertilizer and the tip of the plant becoming brown.

The cause of this fire is the presence of excessive nitrogen within the soil. This causes osmotic stress, which causes the gradual drying out the Areca fronds. They change from brown to yellow.


I use an organic fertilizer that is water-soluble so that it will easily sink in the root. If the fertilizer is too heavy or concentrated, I wash it off with sufficient water. The excess fertilizer is able to flow out through the drain hole and into is the drainage saucer.


The drafts are created in small rooms and it can cause a massive increase in temperature or a spike. It means that your plant could be subject to hot or cold drafts.

For example, you could put your Areca plant near the fireplace or next to the radiator. This can result in moisture escaping from the soil and the plant through the process of evaporation as well as rapid respiration.

Another option to think about is putting your Areca plant near an area that receives direct sunlight in the winter weather. The plant will suffer from sunburn and rot because of the extreme cold temperatures.


If you are in any of the scenarios mentioned above, I’d suggest changing the location of your plant. The areas that are drafty in your house or in the building must be kept out of.

Keep the plant off the fire in the summer months. Also, keep it away from far from the humidifier, fireplace, or radiator in winter.

Low Light

The plants require photosynthesis in order to live. If you don’t have it, the areca plant will not grow as well. Insufficient light can cause the tips turning brown and the fronds turning yellow due to its location in a dark area that receives very little or no sun.


Move your plant’s position to a more bright area without direct sunlight.

Copper Toxicity

If you’ve been exposed to enough copper fertilizers or fungicides your plant could be affected by it. Copper poisoning can cause slowing growth all the way to the roots, which eventually result in the leaves turning yellow. One of the best ways to detect copper poisoning is to look at the roots as it burns even after being fed.


The most effective way to combat copper poisoning is to counterbalance it by using alkaline fertilizers. You can also apply lime (apply lime) to raise the soil’s pH.

Salt build-up in soil (Water quality and tap water)

The buildup of salt in soil may be caused by the fertilizer applied. However, the most frequent reason is that tap water has fluoride. The addition of this type of water can cause accumulation of salt in the soil, which can cause an imbalance in nutrition.


The soil should be drained and allow it to dry. After you’ve completed that step, you can add distilled water , or better yet , add rainwater to the soil. If you’re not able to access to these water sources water sources, then store the water from your tap in a large counter, and then expose it sunlight for at minimum 24 hours. In order that the chlorine and fluoride will react until they are eliminated.

Environmental Issues

When discussing environmental concerns, one or more of the fundamentals are missing. The most important elements are:

  • Light
  • Humidity
  • Fertilization
  • Water

Your Areca plants start to turn yellow when there’s not enough sunlight or when the humidity levels are too low. Insufficient fertilization as also can lead to yellowing because of the soil’s nutritional imbalance. This symptom may also appear on your plant if the soil is either overwatered or underwatered.


All you have to do is make sure that the conditions for the plant pot Areca plant is conducive to its growth and overall well-being.

The most effective way to do this is to supply your plants with basic ingredients that I’ve described individually earlier in this post.

Final Words

It’s simple to cause the Areca plant to change color because there are a variety of causes. With the knowledge I’ve given you, you’ll be able to determine the root cause, explain how it happens, and then repair it.



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