How to grow and care for Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) Indoors

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Sentry Palm Care, Howea belmoreana Care

Botanical name: Howea belmoreana
Synonym: Kentia belmoreana
Family: Arecaceae
Common names: Sentry Palm, Curly Palm

Sentry Palm Description

Sentry Palm also called Curly Palm is a slow growing Indoor Palm with soft, drooping leaflets which is ideal for adding an exotic feel in any space.

Sentry Palm belongs to a group of palms (called feather palms) which produce fronds which are divided on either side of the midrib into leaflets.

Curly Palm has a thin, slender trunk with feather-shaped drooping fronds which produce wide leaflets. The trunk in Sentry Palm is dark-green when young and turns brown as it ages.

Sentry Palm Size

Sentry Palm can grow to a height of 6 ft. The canopy of a mature Sentry Palm can spread 5-10 ft in diameter.

Sentry Palm's fronds are more drooping and is generally smaller than its close relative Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) which grows to a height of 8 ft.

Sentry Palm Origin

The Sentry Palm is endemic to Lord Howe Island, Australia. The palm grows to a height of 3-4 ft under good indoor growing conditions.

Sentry Palm Buy

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Sentry Palm Care, Howea belmoreana Care

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Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) Care Indoors

Sentry Palm Light Requirements

Sentry Palm grows best in bright, indirect light but it can tolerate some shade. Too much light will cause your Sentry Palm to develop a yellowish color. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Sentry Palm

Water Sentry Palm thoroughly and keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering for your Sentry Palm during the cold season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Water your Sentry Palm with chlorine-free water; like all palms Sentry Palm, is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water.

Avoid getting the base of your Sentry Palm wet as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of your Sentry Palm.

Do not allow your Sentry Palm to sit in soggy soil as it may lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your Sentry Palm. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Sentry Palm

Sentry Palm thrives in average warmth with a minimum of 100C. If the temperature is comfortable for you it is ideal for your Sentry Palm.

Protect your Sentry Palm from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Sentry Palm

Sentry Palm requires a humid environment inorder to thrive. Mist the leaves regularly or set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity in order to keep the fronds looking green and healthy. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Occasionally clean the mature leaves of your Sentry Palm by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Sentry Palm

Feed Sentry Palm with a water-soluble fertilizer rich in micronutrients on monthly basis during the growing period.

Take care not to overfeed your Sentry Palm as it can lead to yellowing of your Sentry Palm.

Withhold feeding for your Sentry Palm during the cold season as the growth is minimal at this time.

To prevent fertilizer build up for your Sentry Palm which is indicated by leaf burn and brown spots, water thoroughly until water comes out through the drainage hole. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Sentry Palm

Repot Sentry Palm only when it is extremely root-bound and take care to not to damage the roots. Avoid repotting your Sentry Palm too frequently as is sensitive to root disturbance.

Sentry Palm is highly adaptable to a variety of soil but it prefers sandy, free-draining potting soil.

How to prune Sentry Palm

Pruning Sentry Plam is easy. Cut away the old brown and dry fronds near the soil surface to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Cut away any flower stalk immediately to prevent your Sentry Palm from wasting energy on developing the flowers. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) Propagation

Sentry Palm can be propagated from seeds but this is difficult and the palm rarely produces seeds when grown indoors. It is advisable to buy a new plant from the breeders.

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Sentry Palm Care, Howea belmoreana Care

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Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) Problems Indoors

Sentry Palm brown leaf tips

Sentry Palm brown leaf tips are due to four reasons. Trim off the brown tips with sterilized scissors.

One reason for Sentry Palm brown leaf tips is dry air. Raise humidity for your Sentry Palm by more frequent misting or set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for Sentry Palm brown leaf tips is underwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times for your Sentry Palm during the growing season.

Reduce watering for your Sentry Palm during the cold season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

The third reason for Sentry Palm brown leaf tips is cold draughts. Protect your Sentry Palm from draughts to maintain an average warmth with a minimum of 120C.

The fourth reason for Sentry Palm brown leaf tips is damage by touching. Place your Sentry Palm from the line of traffic.

Sentry Palm yellowing leaves

Sentry Palm yellowing leaves are due to underwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Sentry Palm brown leaf spots

Sentry Palm brown leaf spots are due to two possible causes. Remove the affected leaves and discard.

One cause of Sentry Palm brown leaf spots is overwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season but not soggy.

Ensure the pot for your Sentry Palm has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

The second causes of Sentry Palm brown leaf spots is sudden decrease of temperature due to cold draughts.

Protect your Sentry Palm from draughts to maintain an average warmth with a minimum of 100C.

Sentry Palm browning leaves

Sentry Palm browning leaves are due to two reasons. The lower leaves of your Sentry Palm may turn brown and droop due to age; remove by cutting and not pulling.

If the browning of the leaves of your Sentry Palm is general and accompanied by rotting, the reason is root-rot disease due to soggy soil.

Sentry Palm drooping leaves and stems

Sentry Palm drooping leaves and stems are due to underwatering. Keep the soil slightly moist at all times for your Sentry Palm and never allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Sentry Palm Pests

Sentry Palm pests are Red Spider Mite, Scales and Mealy Bugs.

Regularly check underneath the leaves of your Sentry Palm for these pests. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants.

Is Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) toxic?

Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow indoors.

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