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Kentia Palm in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Howea Forsteriana

 

Kentia Palm

The Kentia palm is a popular ornamental garden or house plant. In its native habitat, it grows rather slowly to reach a height of 10m and a spread of 6m, however when grown indoors, it rarely exceeds 2 - 3 meters after many years. It prefers a climate above 10C if grown outside but can withstand a drop to freezing but for a short period only. The germination of seed is highly eratic and because of this and the amount of nurture they need as seedlings, they are quite expensive to purchase. Once established, they will tolerate low light, low humidity and fairly cool indoor temperatures which is why they were so popular in the more affluent Victorian parlours!

 
plant Features
  • Kentia Palm likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Kentia Palm likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Kentia Palm is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Kentia Palm likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Kentia Palm

Latin name

Howea Forsteriana

type

Palm

family

Arecaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Kentia Palm likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Kentia Palm is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Kentia Palm likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Kentia Palm likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Kentia Palm is 2.00meters x 3.00meters 2.00 M 3.00 M

Howea Forsteriana

The Kentia palm is a popular ornamental garden or house plant. In its native habitat, it grows rather slowly to reach a height of 10m and a spread of 6m, however when grown indoors, it rarely exceeds 2 - 3 meters after many years. It prefers a climate above 10C if grown outside but can withstand a drop to freezing but for a short period only. The germination of seed is highly eratic and because of this and the amount of nurture they need as seedlings, they are quite expensive to purchase. Once established, they will tolerate low light, low humidity and fairly cool indoor temperatures which is why they were so popular in the more affluent Victorian parlours!


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

If growing your palm indoors, keep it away from any direct sources of heat and choose a location where it receives bright natural daylight, but avoid direct sunshine through glass as this can burn the leaves. Plant in any general purpose compost, mixed with some John Innes #3 and perhaps some slow release fertiliser. They look best in containers when planted as a group of three or more in a cluster. If planting out, choose a site that is sheltered from the sun to avoid scorching the leaves of young plants. As they mature and grow taller, they are more tolerant of sun but avoid full sun in the hottest part of the day.

 
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