I repotted an areca palm, and unfortunately set it too high in the pot, so the top of the stems, which meet the roots, are slightly exposed at the top.
What happens if I leave it as-is? Will the plant adapt?
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What happens if I leave it as-is?
Your roots may get infected, that would ruin health of your plant. Also, insects\ants can start feeding on roots.
Will the plant adapt?
No. At least not this instance (your tree). You would be knowing that adapting to change of environment is ongoing process, may be if all the palm trees are treated like this, may be they start adapting this thing, and built the capability to withstand the open roots in their future generations.
Bottom line: Its better you re-pot it again!