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Kentia Palm, Howea, Sentry palm, Flat palm
House Plant, Tropical
Apply a liquid fertiliser monthly during the spring and summer
Bright light, no direct sun
Mealy bugs and Spider mites
Generally disease free
Queen Victoria grew them in all of her homes and left instructions for Kentia palms to be placed around her coffin
Howea forsteriana, also known as the Kentia Palm, is a very popular indoor palm; it's tolerant to cold and shade, and doesn't grow overwhelmingly large. This flowering plant from the Arecaceae family, is endemic to Lord Howe Island in Australia.
H. forsteriana is a single-stemmed evergreen palm with dark green leaves that seldom produces flowers when grown under glass. Being very low maintenance, they require very little care once they are established. To encourage healthy new growth in spring and summer, apply a liquid fertilizer monthly. During the growth period, your Kentia palm will need higher humidity. The Kentia Palm prefers like to be well-hydrated, but never waterlogged; allow the soil to dry out between weekly watering in spring and summer, and only water sparingly in winter. Pruning is not necessary unless there are any brown or yellow fronds.
The fronds can collect dust indoors so be sure to wipe them clean every so often. Don’t replant a Kentia Palm unless absolutely unavoidable. Whichever soil you choose, it’s important that it is well-draining, because these palms are susceptible to root rot. Spider mites and mealybugs are the most common pests that Kentia Palm have trouble with. Your Howea forsteriana, will purify the air in your house and is not prone to diseases. They are safe for pets and babies.