Howea forsteriana – Kentia Palm

Howea forsteriana, the Kentia palm, is a beautiful palm native to Lord Howe Island. It is valued as an indoor plant, as well as making a good garden specimen. It can tolerate low light conditions and lack of humidity. It can grow to 15 metres tall, but in a garden situation it is usually smaller, to around 5 metres.

Kentia palms like a well drained, fertile soil, and regular watering. Mulching will help to keep the soil moist as well as discouraging weeds.

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Family:Arecaceae
Scientific Name:Howea forsteriana
Common Name:Kentia Palm
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:4 ~ 15 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Indoor, Poolside, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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