All about… Kentia Palms
Name: Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)
Appearance: Elegant, slender plant with feathering, lush fronds that grow up to a foot in length. The plant itself can grow up to approx. 10ft tall indoors.
Toxicity: Non-toxic, so child and pet-friendly.
Display: Ideal for an office, spacious hallway or any room, just be sure to allow enough space for the display of leaves as the plant grows.
Light: Ideally bright but indirect sunlight. You can maintain a Kentia in low light conditions, but it won’t grow as well and will have less leaves.
Watering: Avoid over-watering and ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. In the summer, water weekly but make sure the soil is dry between watering. touch the top soil and if it’s dry you can water it, but water less in the winter. In heated environments, you can keep your Kentia happy by misting it. Watch out for yellowing tips or yellow speckling on the fronds, as that’s a sign of over watering. Brown tips and drooping fronds are a sign of under watering.
History: Originating from Lord Howe Island in Australia, the Kentia Palm is one of the most popular indoor plants, with popularity stretching back to Queen Victoria who added the ‘parlor palm’ to her homes. It is also known as a ‘sentry palm’.