Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Palm Tree Blooms

I've had enough of the cold this winter.  E-N-O-U-G-H!

I could stay inside and try to pretend I am in the tropics.  Turn up the heat.  Put on some tropical music.  Make some pina coladas.  And watch my Areca palm bloom and produce fruit.  Yes, fruit.

Back in 2008, a friend sent me a plant arrangement after my second surgery on my leg.  The grouping was small and pretty and welcome.  After a few years, some plants were removed that were not doing so well.  Then I found that I needed to replant the entire group to a larger basket. 

There was a dracaena plant, some ivy, a croton, and an areca palm; all plants that do not require a lot of special care, just light and water.  The basket sits on the sofa table in front of one of the doorwalls.

Several weeks ago I noticed this strange looking growth emanating from the palm:

Never having grown a palm before, I had no idea what to expect.  And the fact that somehow I was thinking this was a fern (DUH!), made it hard to find any info online.  Then two more of these showed up. 

Saturday is usually the day I check all the plants to see if they need water.  Imagine my surprise when I saw these:

Now I was really stumped as to what they were.   And then it hit me.  This is an areca palm plant.
Dypsis lutescens  Hmmm.  I guess I was a bit of a 'dyp' myself in not figuring this out sooner.

The fruit that develops is apparently eaten by birds in its native Madagascar.  I doubt that I will eat the fruit, but I do think I will try to find out how to plant the seeds.  And from what I have read, this plant will eventually need to be moved to a larger pot by itself.

So, I'll lie back on the couch, read my mystery, watch my palm grow, and think about that pina colada.  Steel drums anyone?


  1. Hello! Thanks for taking picturs of your Areca!! I noticed the same things growing on mine, and thought that might be kind of fruits. But I couldn't find any article or pic on the internet until I found yours! Many Thanks from France!

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