Strap on your cork hats for this plant, as this one’s a right belter! The Kentia Palm has travelled a mighty distance to grace your home with its presence. Hailing all the way from the land down under, the Howea Forsteriana originated from the small Lord Howe Island, located a whole 700 km from the mainland - crikey!
The Kentia Palm is one of the easiest houseplants to care for, all it asks for is some water and a little sun.
This plant is extremely laid back and will be stoked (happy) with a bit of water and some sun - crackin’. Thatch Palm care is so easy that you’ll be able to do it whether you are a beginner or a pro. Ensuring your new plant is watered every week or two and placed in bright, indirect light will do the job perfectly. Although, bear in mind that there can be too much of a good thing. Keep an eye out if you Howea Forsteriana starts to get yellowish looking leaves as you’re probably overwatering it.
Just when you thought the Kentia Palm couldn’t get any better, youll be happy to hear that this chap will also get on perfectly well with pets and children.
Other Names: Howea Forsteriana; Thatch Palm; Paradise Palm Plant
Light: This indoor palm tree loves bright, indirect light and can handle some shade.
Water: Water every week or two, whenever the first 5 cm of soil is dry.
Environment: It’s happy in any room and will appreciate an occasional mist.
Care: This is a slow grower but give it a feed in summer to encourage new leaves.
Location: Living room, bedroom, hallway.
Minimum Temperature: 13 degrees
Pet Friendly: Yay, this plant is child and pet friendly.
Propagation: This plant is very difficult to propagate so we would avoid doing so.
Yellow leaves? Your palm is being overwatered, reduce how much you are giving it a drink.
Browing leaves? If you recently repotted your palm, it might be in a little shock. Avoid repotting too often. Give it a soak for a day then leave it be for a while.
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