Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm)
The Kentia palm is considered one of the most beautiful palms in the world, and is suitable for growing either indoors or outdoors. Reputed to be one of the most sought after indoor palms due to its upright elegant appearance and general hardiness.
The Kentia Palm is a solitary palm. When grown outdoors, they are generally planted as singular plants. But when grown indoors, it is generally more desireable to have them mult-planted with 2 to 4 palms in each pot to produce a more appealing 'fuller' look. Because most people grow them as indoor plants, they are usually sold multi-planted.
Kentia palms prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Fertilise at least once a year and water regularly, especially during dry periods. Water indoor palms more sparingly, only when dry. Direct sun can burn young plants so give palms some protection until they are about five years old.
The kentia palm will withstand quite dark and dry corners of your house, and will tolerate a degree of neglect. However they grow best with good light and regular care. Kentia palms grown as indoor plants benefit from regular spells outside in a shady, moist position. Such a break will allow rain or hosing to wash the dust from the palm.
On Lord Howe Island kentia palms grow in dense colonies in sandy soils close to the sea. Elsewhere they grow well in coastal areas, from the northern sub-tropics south to Melbourne.
Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) - 200mm pot
Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) - 300mm pot
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