19 Jul Howea forsteriana – Kentia palm – Plant Care Tips
The Kentia Palm is the perfect indoor palm, relatively slow-growing and can handle lower light. It’s tiered foliage really brings those Jungle vibes!
Howea Forsteriana – Kentia Palm Lighting & Position
Most palms will do well with bright indirect light right through to a part sun/dappled sun position.
Howea Forsteriana – Kentia Palm Watering
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Over watering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
Howea Forsteriana – Kentia Palm Humidity
Most palms will appreciate a moderate level of humidity to prevent their fronds from browning at the edges. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, occasional misting or – if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
Howea Forsteriana – Kentia Palm Fertiliser
Feed with liquid fertiliser fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
Howea Forsteriana – Kentia Palm Extra Tips
Once a month you can wipe down the plants leaves using a damp cloth to clean away any dust that has collected and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. It’s completely normal for older fronds, typically around the base of the plant, to fade in colour or brown off as they age. Prune off any damaged or dying fronds using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs so that the plant can put more energy into the newer, healthier growth.