Kentia Palm Tree – Howea forsteriana

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The Kentia Palm Tree, scientific name Howea forsteriana, is by far the most popular indoor palm because of its durability and elegant appearance. The Kentia Palm Tree doesn’t require much maintenance and can easily adapt to a wide ranges of soil conditions. The Kentia Palms grow more quickly as singles than in the plant groupings.

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Kentia Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Howea forsteriana

Common names: It is also known as Sentry Palm and Paradise Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Lord Howe’s Island that is near Australia.

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Appearance: Howea forsteriana has single clean trunk prominently ringed with the scars of shed fronds, very similar to Bamboo Palm. Trunk is slender, dark green when young, but turns brown as ages and exposed to sun. It is about 5 inches in diameter with no crownshaft. When Kentia Palm is mature, its trunk slightly swells at the base.

Three dozen arching evergreen fronds form a graceful crown. Leaves are pinnate, or feather-shaped, about 7ft long, with unarmed leaf stems that are 3-4ft long. Leaves have around 90 leaflets that bend downward in a graceful fashion and are 2.5ft long and 2 in wide. Leaflets are dark green on top and lighter green on the bottom.

Flowers/Fruits:Howea forsteriana needs some sun exposure in order to produce creamy flowers that are coming from below the leaves on the 3.5ft long inflorescence. Flowering will occur each year, usually during November and December. It has male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Adult Kentia Palms will fruit at approximately fifteen years of age. Fruit is oval, around 2 inches, pointed at both ends, and has reddish brown color when ripe.

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Growth Rate: Slow. The Kentia Palm can grow up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 1-5 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This graceful palm has a great track record for surviving low light, dust, central heating, rough handling, drought and general neglect when growing indoors. If you are growing Kentia Palm indoors, find an area in your home that receives indirect light through a window. It doesn’t necessarily need to be an extremely bright spot. In low light the palm may only hold 4 6 fronds, in medium light levels you may see twice as many fronds. So, generally the more indirect light the better.

Cold Tolerance: The Kentia Palm can tolerate cold down to 25F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Shade to Partial shade. Outside Kentia can adapt to full sun, but prefers light shady to shady area. It can tolerate a full sun only after about 5 years old.

Water Req: Moderate. The Kentia Palm  is not tolerable to severe dryness or continual over watering. It prefers moist soil much of the time, but make sure you allow the top 1 to 2 inches of soil to dry before watering again. Do not over water, especially during the winter time. During winter months it is best to reduce amount of water and mist regularly. Misting your palm is a excellent way to provide some humidity and to remove any dust build-up.

Over watering can lead to root rot if the soil mix does not drain fast enough. In case of the under watering, Kentia Palm will develop yellow tips that will turn brown. You will also notice that fronds are not standing upright.

Maintenance: Easy. Kentia Palm require minimal pruning just to get rid of dry brown fronds. Over pruning may cause irreversible damage to the trunk. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

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Insects and Diseases: Plant diseases are very rarely a problem with indoor grown palms. Under and over watering along with insects and mites are usually the main issues. There are a couple small scale insects that attack your Kentia Palm: mealy bugs and mites. To get rid of mites use a home remedy that worked great for me, of spraying the plant twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. Place seeds in the sandy soil during spring or summer. The best temperature for the propagation is 65F to 75F. It takes a long time for Kentia P

alm fruits to mature, around 3-4 years. Unfortunately it’s not easy to determine when fruit and seeds are fully ripe because of the color transform that slowly changes the color of the fruit from dull orange to dull red as they mature. Kentia carries 2 or 3 crops at varies points of maturity.

Warm temperature around 80F-104F (26C-40C) helps to speed up germination process. The Kentia seeds are an exception and can tolerate lower germinating temps down to around 50F (10C), probably because they are native to Lord Howe Island which is a cooler tropical island at about the same latitude as San Diego but in the southern hemisphere. Palm seeds should be germinated in the shade or filtered low light but not in the dark. It takes 1-3 months for Kentia Palm seeds to germinate.

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~Susan Brian

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4 Responses to “Kentia Palm Tree – Howea forsteriana”

  1. HI I hope you can helpme I have about 6 Kentia Palms
    and I have grow lights in the celing avove the plants.about 8ft. above the plants. Everything will be fine and then one day one or two of the plant stems start to turn yellow. Also I’ve experienced very dry spots in the middle of the leaves. So dry that it flakes if you pinch it. Yet on either side if the dried out spot the leaf will be nice and green to the left and right of the dried out spot. I read that the yllowing can be from a magnesium deficiency, I tried chelated Palm sprayed
    on the leaves and put in with the water. I think it’s slowing down the yellowing. Trying to get the watering right is a real problem. I’ve even killed several palms by watering them. After watering the plant turns brown and dries up and dies, that quick. Any advice??
    thank you, Mitch Faber

  2. How do you have the palm planted?

    How does it drain? Does it sit in water?

    My indoor plants are in the same nusery pot that I purchased them, with a flat plastic green tray/saucer under it. I place all that into a larger nice ceramic pot. This allows me to view how much water is in the saucer. If I watered too much, then I use a turkey baster to suck up extra water.

  3. Hello my plant is getting yellow spots on the leaves with very dry brown spots in the middle of the leaves.
    The soil is well drained and I have given it proper palm fertilizer. I have tried watering every 1 week, I have tried every 2 weeks there is no water that sits or pools in the soil, I mist daily and it is in an area with lots of light but no sun light.
    It is growing like crazy but some of the shoots have brown patches on the leaves before they even fully develop.
    It appears healthy but it is not perfect. I fertilized 1.5 months ago with an indoor plant fertilizer and then I fertilized again with granular one week ago.Can anyone help.

  4. I think you should water your palm through very well. I think its caused by lack of water and/or salt build-up (more obviously). Fertilizer can burn them if given too much or in dry soil (water before putting fertilizer).

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