If you like feather-like and thin-leaved houseplants, the areca palm tree is right for you. Its attractive appearance is something more than the words can just say. Gracefully over-bending fronds and that elegant slow growing manner are admired by close gardeners and homeowners for ages. These gorgeous plants require a lot of light to grow, but they do not like direct sunlight. Areca palms seem to have an unquenchable thirst during the summer months. Ensure that the plant is in a well draining pot because sitting in water will cause the roots to rot.This plant prefers soil that is rich in nutrients as well as a bit on the acidic side. A peat moss, sand, and bark mixture that is heavily aerated and drains well makes an aptly nutrient filled soil.