The "Kentia palm", " Howeia Forsteriana " or "Kentia forsteriana", originates from Lord Howea Island in Australia and is one of the best know indoor plants around the world. It can be seen indoors in northern latitudes from Cork to Chicago and outdoors from Mexico city to Melbourne.
It's occasionally called the "Sentry Palm" because of the entryways it frames and protects.
The Kentia is an elegant, beautiful and has all the characteristics you could have of an indoor plant- shade-tolerant, cold-tolerant and doesn't become too large in size.
Under the right conditions, a Kentia palm will, over time, develop into a grand specimen plant, up to 10 feet tall!
- Enjoys bright indirect light. Position near a window or skylight but not in direct strong sunlight as this can cause damage to the leaves (indicated by brown spotting or drooping leaves)
- Likes moist but not over-watered soil. Wait to water until top few inches of compost becomes fully dry. Brown leaf tips indicate over-watering.
- Keep away from air conditioning units or any source of direct heat as this can dry out the soil.
- Fertilise 3 times per year to maintain growth
Care Level Guide: Medium
Notes: This variety measures in at approximately 180cm in height.