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.
|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|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.