Indoor plant: Kentia palm
The Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) creates a tropical atmosphere in your home. This low-maintenance palm thrives with little light and low humidity, and even prefers cooler spaces. The Kentia palm is also a lovely addition to your home: light shining through its gorgeous leaves is a sight to behold. Did you know that Howea forsteriana also purifies the air in your home?
Caring for the Kentia palm
- The Kentia palm is one of the few palms that tolerates darkness relatively well. If the leaves turn light green or yellow, it’s getting too much light. If it is producing new shoots, then it’s not getting enough.
- The palm does best when its root ball is somewhat damp, but don’t water it to the point where you leave a layer of water behind in the pot.
- Running the shower over it or leaving it outside during some light rain freshens the plant and prevents spider mites.
- Clip off any yellow, old or wilted leaves.
- The Kentia palm loves room temperature; anything below 10°C is too cold.
- Between April and September, give it plant food for palms every 2-3 weeks in order to maintain growth. The Kentia palm does not grow during the winter, so plant food is not necessary.
Origin of the Kentia palm
The Kentia palm is a member of the palm family and grows on Lord Howe Island to the east of Australia, under the canopy of larger trees. This is why it has adapted to receiving little sunlight. In the wild, the palm can grow to 18 metres tall and 6 metres wide, with leaves that are 3 metres long. The kind that we provide is more modest in size.