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Howea forsteriana; Thatch palm; Paradise palm plant

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Hello, I’m Kentia! I’m not meaning to boast, but I’m definitely one of the favourites here at Pointless Plants. It’s because I’m so relaxed; I can cope with shade, the cold and I’m fairly forgiving if you forget to water me on a couple of occasions. Because of this, I’m probably the easiest ​indoor palm tree ​to grow for beginners.

While I might not be the most captivating potted ​palm plant ​you’ve ever laid eyes on, you will find that my lush leaves convert any space into a tropical enclave and can help brighten even the dullest of British days.

My Latin name, ​Howea Forsteriana​, is a bit of a mouthful, but you can call me Kentia, sentry palm or thatch palm – I answer to all three. I hail originally from the dazzling topical island of Lord Howe, a tiny speck of land in the South Pacific between Australia and New Zealand, whose economic fortunes in the 1800s once revolved entirely around little old me. Once I arrived in the UK, I became a status symbol for green-fingered Victorians who loved to showcase their treasures brought from exotic distant lands.

I can grow up to 12 metres in the wild, but don’t panic: I’m very slow growing and I’ll only hit heights of two or three metres in your home.

Small Height (including nursery pot) 45-50cm; pot diameter 13cm; Fits 14-16cm decorative pot.

Medium Height (including nursery pot) 75-85cm; pot diameter 17cm; Fits 17-19cm decorative pot.

Big Height (including nursery pot) 90-110cm; pot diameter 21cm; Fits 22-24cm decorative pot.


​Queen Victoria owned a Kentia palm at Buckingham Palace back in the 1800s (although it’s believed she ​didn't​ buy it from us). This indoor palm was extremely popular in the Victorian era because of how it was able to tolerate low light conditions.


Kentia is the perfect beginner’s ​palm plant​: easy to care for, air purifying and pet friendly. He can fill an empty corner or bring a tropical atmosphere to any room.


Kentia is so relaxed he’s almost horizontal and is the perfect option for new palm parents or or as a gift to a friend.


While I’m an easy-going guy and can cope with low light, I’ll grow lusher, thicker foliage if you keep me in indirect sunlight.


Hailing from tropical shores, I do prefer to be on the drier side and will forgive you for irregular watering. Only top me up if my soil is dry.


I’m not fussy in the humidity department. Mist my foliage once a week to prevent brown tips.


​During summer, I love a dash of fertiliser, which will encourage me to grow.





​Bathroom or kitchen. Pair this statement plant with a​ ​calm​ ​crystal​​ or​ ​grounding vegan candle​​ for a welcoming environment.






​How do you care for a Kentia palm plant?

Even if you’ve got a track record of killing your new potted plants, you can rest assured that this guy is hardy and uber tolerant. He prefers temperatures above 12°C, so while he can enjoy a shady spot outside on a balcony or by a window during summer, he’d prefer to be indoors somewhere snug for the winter.

How much light does a Kentia palm need?

Yes, these ​palm house plants​ like sunlight, but you’ll want to keep him away from direct light. Opt for a spot that does get some light if you want him to flourish.

How often do you water a Kentia palm?

A dash of water – weekly in summer and even less frequently in winter – is the key to good care of the Kentia palm. He really doesn’t like to sit in water, so ensure the soil is dry before you top him up. A weekly spritz using a​ ​plant mister​ keeps brown leaves at bay; if he’s too damp, you’ll notice the very tips of his leaves going yellow.


​Kentia has been used for indoor decoration for hundreds of years and is a real statement houseplant; and was used in rooms for entertaining guests. Nowadays, its luscious tropical leaves will brighten up practically any room. We recommend it for your bathroom or kitchen, but you can use it to add a dash of green to your hallway or become the centre of attention in your living room.

Pair this statement plant with the ​calm crystal​ or ​our grounding candle​ for a tranquil and welcoming environment.


We use a next day delivery service with one of our trusted couriers. Please allow a little bit of packing time. During COVID and busy times this can be up to 5 days.


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If you have received a damaged plant or within 30 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.


Our goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2025 to help save our environment.


We individually package our plants with recyclable materials to ensure you receive the highest quality plants. Every plant leaves us with a Pointless Plants quality assured sticker, this means we have checked the plant and it meets our very high standards. ** Please note some plants will contain plastic around them which have been added by growers to protect their delicate leaves. We do our best not add single use plastic to our orders

We send our plants using a next day delivery trusted courier service which will give you shipping updates and the opportunity to rearrange delivery. We do leave a delivery instruction to leave box in a safe place as a quick delivery ensures quality of our plants are maintained. This should also avoid having to reschedule missed deliveries.

99% of the time our plants are delivered safely. Occasionally plants may arrive a little bit damaged. In this case send us a picture within 72hours and we will be more than happy to replace them.

We ship using a next day delivery but, sometimes we need a 3-7day period to process your order. This is because demand fluctuates, we may need extra packing time or plants availability has changed at the last minute. We try our best to make delivery as quick as possible and we are working very hard on reducing our dispatch time.


Returns & Refunds

If you receive your plants and they are damaged from delivery, we will happily replace them. Just send us a picture within 72 hours of receiving them.

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.

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Who Are Pointless Plants?

What makes you different from other plant companies?

We don’t see ourselves as a business. Our mission is to make the world a happier, better and greener place. We think delivering houseplants is a good start.


Do you really plant 10 trees for every order?

Yes, we have an API installed on our website which automatically plants trees with Ecologi when an order is made. Our slogan is ‘Create a Jungle’ and we are on a mission to make the world a greener place. We are always looking to do more and when we get the chance to travel, we’re hoping to see our impact first hand. Sometimes we save our trees for a big project where we can help first hand. This isn't just about short term carbon offsetting. This is about long term biodiversity, rebuilding and conserving our planet!




What changes have you made for a safer delivery?

Delivering your plants to you is our top priority. We have implemented social distancing in our office and our team is working from home whenever possible. Our postage carrier has also implicated contact free delivery.



Plant care

Do you have any information on caring for my plant?

Yes we do! On each individual plant page we have a summary of how to look after each specific plant. We will tell you about watering, light and humidity. This will help to get you started.

We also have specific plant care documents on our website. CLICK HERE


Do you have any plants that will purify my home?

Absolutely, many houseplants not only look great but are also busy at work making the air in your home as clean as possible. Check out our ‘Air Purifying Machines’.


Can I put my plant in a room with no windows?

While some plants thrive in lower light conditions, all plants need some light to survive. Check out our top 5 best shade loving plants. (Snake plant, ZZ Plant, Palm, Cast Iron Plant, Peace Lily)


Do you have any plants for my office?

Yes, we’d love to brighten up your work space. Check out our office plants HERE.


I’m a complete plant beginner. Which plants are right for me?

We were all beginners once. We have so many low maintenance plants to choose from which are perfect for beginners. Check out our ‘Pretty hard to kill plants’ 


I think my plant is dying! Help!

We’re here to help. Send us an email ​​ or WhatsApp us on 07308953372 and we can help assist you further.

The most common reason for dying plants is overwatering. If your plant is turning yellow, this is due to overwatering. Always feel the soil of your houseplant before you water to make sure it is dry.


Are your plants pet safe?

This does vary depending on the plant. We have an entire section on pet safe plants. We want to make sure the furry members of your family are safe. Find our range of pet safe houseplants HERE.




Can I cancel or edit my order?

Yes, for most orders we can edit or cancel them, provided your order has not already been dispatched from our warehouse. This could range from 1-6 days and will depend on stock availability.

Email us at hello@pointlessplants.comor WhatsApp us on07308953372​ ​and we will work out the best course of action for you and your new plants.


Is there a minimum spend?

No. You are free to order as much or as little as you like. 


I’m not happy with my plants. What are my next steps?

We’re sorry to hear this! Send us pictures of the problem on any form of social media, email ( or WhatsApp (07308953372). We will base each case specifically on the individual situation.

We will try our best to rectify the problem and leave you with a solution you are happy with.


Does my plant arrive already potted?

All our plants arrive potted in a plastic nursery pot. Some of our plants arrive in decorative pots. This will be clearly stated on the plant’s specific page as to whether the decorative pot is included or not.


Do you offer a gift note option?

If you have any special requests, we’d love to hear from you. Our website does have a 'Add a gift note' section. Send us an email on hello@pointlessplants.comor message on our WhatsApp 07308953372​ if you need anymore help.




Can I pick my delivery date?

At this time we do not have an option for picking an exact date. If you’re in need of your order to arrive on a particular date, please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comand we will do our best to get your plants to you as soon as we can.


How will my delivery be tracked?

Your order will be delivered to you through DHL shipping. You will receive a link from DHL shipping where you can rearrange delivery and pick a safe space. On the morning of delivery, you will receive a 1 hour delivery time slot. If you wish to receive notifications by text please enter your phone number at checkout.


How long will delivery take? 

On most orders we have next day delivery. If you live in Belfast or Scotland this could take up to 48 hours. Depending on stock availability please allow up to 7 days. Please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comif you have any further questions on when to expect your order.


What is the price for delivery?

Delivery is £3.95 for next day and £8.99 for Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Scottish Islands. This could vary due to dispatch time. 


How are you environmentally friendly?

We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All our packaging is made from recycled materials and can be recycled further. Please recycle our packaging if possible.




Do you accept returns?

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.


What is your refund policy?

We will treat each situation individually and work out the best solution for you. Please contact us on WhatsApp 07308953372or email at and we can assist further.