Kentia Palm


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Kentia Palm
Common Name: Kentia Palm
Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana (HOW-ee-a for-ster-ee-AH-na)
Decorative Life: Years.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Older leaves tend to look diseased by exhibiting gold to gray speckles. While pathogens might be the cause, the more likely culprit is nutrient imbalances, especially potassium and/or magnesium deficiencies.
  • Do not purchase plants with leaf spots, as this is a sign of pathogens being present. If present, these disease organisms can take years to control. Also, do not sell or buy plants infested with red spider, as this pest is very hard to control. Washing plants will not only improve their appearance and physiology, it is a good way to help control red spiders safely.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Palmae (palm) family.
  • Native to Lord Howe's Island (Australia) in the South Pacific.
  • Common relatives are palms including, coconut, date and oil.
Personality:
  • Plant is classed as a monocotyledon, leaves with mostly parallel veins.
  • Fronds (leaves) feather-like at end of stalk.
  • Stems are green showing scars of fallen leaves. Can grow to 60 feet but more commonly grown as a stem-less juvenile.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, store above 50F or higher. For example, can be stored for 28 days at temperatures ranging from 50-66F.
Tidbits:
  • The specific epithet name forsteriana bears the name of William Forster, Senator, New South Wales.
  • Often sold as Kentia Palm.
  • Members of this family provide the world with many products including food (coconut and oil), ornamentals, wax, fibers and beverages.
  • Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.
  • This is a very slow growing species that will do well under indoor conditions as long as leaves are maintained, kept healthy.