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I just received a small areca palm (about three feet high) in the mail that has some leaves showing signs of stress. Could someone help me identify the culprit? I'm wondering whether I could address the problem myself (inexperienced with Areca palms) or whether it's too diseased to salvage? If this plant is beyond repair, should I contact the nursery and try to get a healthier one?

I'm also wondering whether this palm might infect my other houseplants with scale or fungus? I have a nice pothos, aloe plant, peace lily, rosemary, cilantro, and mint in the same room.

All advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Example of leaf damage on new arrived areca palm

Leaf blight on areca palm

Is this scale?

Is this normal on the base?

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  • If you only just received it, I'd definitely return it - the marks on the stems aren't much to worry about, but some of the leaves show damage and leaf spotting. Not what I'd expect from a newly bought plant... – Bamboo Oct 23 '18 at 22:22
  • Hi! Thank you for the feedback. I'll probably return it. It was from the American Plant Exchange. Disappointing! – Rosemary Oct 24 '18 at 0:25

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