Kentia Palm – Howea forsteriana

If you’re looking to give your bedroom, kitchen, or office space a little bit more of a tropical and exotic feel, then why not consider buying yourself a Kentia Palm?  This plant is small enough to be able to put into most rooms without being intrusive. Due to its height combined with its thinness, it’s easy to be able to just pop it into the corner of a room. It won’t be getting in the way, but still make a statement

It’s beautiful green leaves can bring a flash of much needed colour. Particularly to modern spaces such as homes or offices. 

How to care for the Kentia Palm – Howea forsteriana
This plant is happiest in good potting compost, this type of soil can be brought at the majority of garden centres. Whilst this plant will need to be watered, it’s important to never leave it sitting in water. This plant can struggle when it’s roots are sodden. Before you water, just check the top of the soil to ensure that it actually needs to be watered.  If you are keeping this plant in a warm room, mist the leaves. 

These plants are used to tropical climates, and therefore will need to be cared for as such. 

Due to the climate that these plants are used to, it’s better for them if they get bright sunlight, but it’s important that this sunlight is indirect. This will mean that placing the plant directly by a window is not going to be doing a lot of good.  To filter out the sunlight, you could put the plant in a corner, use potted plants on the window sill, or anything else which ensures it gets bright but indirect sunlight.  The reason for this is that in the wild, this plant will live in a rainforest where other plants will filter out the light for it. 

The Kentia Pam is what most of us will think of when we think of a “palm tree”. When you picture a tropical island, one of the main things we would picture is a palm tree, but there are actually many different types of Palm Tree, the type of palm tree that we have in our minds is the classic Kentia Palm. 

During the Victorian Era, these plants were all the rage with the aristocracy. I don’t blame them. even today, they can still bring an extra spark of life to your room.  Most us will associate the Kentia Palm with the US state of Hawaii, however, it actually comes from Australia. This plant originates from Lord Howe Island, a small Island just off the coast of Australia. Today, it has managed to spread its way to Norfolk Island, and Island which is also off the coast of Australia. The tropical climate that it’s used to is the reason why it requires slightly more care than the typical houseplant. cHowever, even though this plant might require slightly more work than some other plants, this tiny bit of extra work is definitely going to pay off. 

  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Soil: good potting compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 200cm (+ or – 10% including the pot)