Kentia Palm

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Howea forsteriana

Plant availability:

Please note that plants are often subject to growers' stocking levels and seasonal availability.


Australia (Lord Howe Island)

Common Names:

Kentia Palm


Up to 3m (h) x 2m (w). Taller if given an very large pot or planted in the ground however it is a slow growing plant.

Growth Habit:

Graceful, arching fronds (leaves) on slender trunk. 


Indoors in shady to filtered light position. No direct sun rays on the leaves as sunlight is too strong and will scorch many indoor plants. Keep away from direct air flow from a heating or cooling vent.
Tolerates lack of humidity. Outside, plant Kentia Palms in a shady position protected from strong winds. As the plant ages, it becomes more sun tolerant.

General Care and Maintenance:

  • For best results, grow as an indoor plant in Melbourne.
  • Watering: Water regularly in spring, summer and autumn (during warm weather) but allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. This is best checked by scratching the top 2 cm of soil back with your finger. Water sparingly through winter. If you keep your home cool over summer, adjust watering accordingly. Be sure not to over water as palms are prone to root rot.
  • Fertilising: Use slow release fertiliser (this is already present in all good potting mixes) however it will need to be topped up every 3 - 6 months (depending on the brand and application rates). In warm weather, apply a liquid fertiliser such as 'Powerfeed' every 1-2 weeks.
  • When repotting, use good quality potting mix such as 'The Greenery Potting Mix' available in bags in store.
  • Remove dead or damaged foliage to keep plant looking its best.

Design Tips:

A very popular plant for interior designers. With their beautiful arching fronds, Kentia Palms create a relaxed, tropical feel that provides height and 'draws the eye up.' If you have a large enough space, consider grouping a couple of smaller pots below for a cute cluster of pot plants. Always choose plants with different growth habits, leaf textures or colours to contrast as this always looks better.


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