How to grow and care for Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) Indoors

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Kentia Palm Care, Howea forsteriana Care

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Botanical name: Howea forsteriana
Synonym: Kentia forsteriana
Family: Arecaceae
Common names: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm, Thatch Palm

Kentia Palm Description

Kentia Palm also called Paradise Palm or Thatch Palm is a popular palm that has a high tolerance to shade, low humidity, infrequent watering and cool temperatures.

However, it is advisable to give Kentia Palm bright, indirect light to encourage more robust growth and appearance. In extremely low light, the Kentia palm becomes leggy and grows slowly.

Kentia Palm belongs to a group of palms (called feather palms) which produce fronds which are divided on either side of the midrib into leaflets, where the leaflets may be soft and drooping.

Kentia Palm has a thin, slender trunk with feather shaped drooping fronds which produce wide leaflets.

Kentia Palm Size

The Kentia Palm is relatively slow-growing, eventually growing up to 8 ft under good indoor growing conditions.

The trunk is dark-green when young and turns brown as it ages. Its fronds are less drooping and is generally taller than its close relative Howea belmoreana (Sentry Palm) which grows to a height of 3-4 ft.

Kentia Palm Origin

Kentia Palm is native to Lord Howe Island off the Coast of Australia.

Kentia Palm Buy

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Kentia Palm Care, Howea forsteriana Care

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Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) Care Indoors

Kentia Palm Light Requirements

Kentia Palm grows best in bright, indirect light but it can tolerate some shade.

Too much light will cause your Kentia Palm to develop a yellowish color. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Kentia Palm

Water Kentia Palm liberally and keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering for your Kentia Palm during the cold season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Read more on how to water houseplants.

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

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

Do not allow your Kentia Palm to sit in soggy soil as it may lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your Areca Palm.


Temperature for Kentia Palm

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

Protect your Kentia Palm from cold draughts. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm requires a humid environment. 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. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Kentia Palm

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

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

Withhold feeding for your Kentia Palm during the cold season as the growth is minimal.

To prevent fertilizer build up for your Kentia 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 Kentia Palm

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

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

How to prune Kentia Palm

Pruning Kentia Palm 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 Kentia Palm from wasting energy on developing the flowers. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) Propagation

Kentia 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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Kentia Palm Care, Howea forsteriana Care

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Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) Problems Indoors

Kentia Palm brown leaf tips

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

One reason for Kentia Palm brown leaf tips is dry air. Raise humidity for your Kentia 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 Kentia Palm brown leaf tips is underwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times for your Kentia Palm during the growing season.

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

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

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

Kentia Palm yellowing leaves

Kentia Palm yellowing leaves are caused by underwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season and do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Kentia Palm brown leaf spots

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

One cause of Kentia 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 Kentia Palm has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

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

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

Kentia Palm brown leaves

Kentia Palm brown leaves are due to two possible reason. The lower leaves of Kentia Palm may turn brown and droop due to age; remove by cutting and not pulling.

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

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

Kentia Palm drooping leaves and stems

Kentia Palm drooping leaves and stems are due to underwatering.

Keep the soil slightly moist at all times for your Kentia Palm and never allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Kentia Palm Pests

Kentia Palm Pests are Red Spider Mite, Scales and Mealy Bugs.

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

Is Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) toxic?

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

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