ABOUT OUR KENTIA PALM
Hello, I’m Kentia! I’m not meaning to boast, but I’m definitely one of the favourites here. 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
QUICK KENTIA PALM PLANT CARE
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.
FAST FACTS ABOUT KENTIA
THINGS WE ALWAYS GET ASKED
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.
PLANT STYLING TIPS
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.
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HEALTHY PLANT PROMISE
If you have received a damaged plant or within 15 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.