Kentia Palm Howea

Howea forsteriana

The world's most popular indoor palm originated in the magnificent Lord Howe Island rainforests but it's often overlooked by nativist gardeners. Tolerant of both drought and rain in a well-drained soil, coping well from clay to loam and acidic to alkaline. Quite forgiving of low light conditions, plant a Kentia Palm for a low maintenance, relaxed tropical feel. Slow growth rate.

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Indoors: Place in an area indirect sunlight as direct sunlight could lead to sunburn. Do not overwater the plant. Overwatering your Kentia will cause its roots to rot. Apply a slow release fertilizer once or twice a year, in the summer and spring. Also avoid re-potting the plant as the Kentia hates being disturbed. The Kentia is a slow-growing palm with fragile roots so be very careful in handling its root ball. Outdoors: Kentia Palms do well in shady areas and most of the diseases of the plant occur when it is either overwatered or not watered enough and if it's getting too much or too little sun. Over-pruning may cause permanent damage to the trunk and may make your palm susceptible to fungal infections. Coastal areas are the best if growing a Kentia outside.

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