Kentia palms are one of the most beautiful plants in my opinion. They are native to the Lord Howe island. Currently they are being kept both indoors and outdoors and if provided with proper conditions, they will thrive in both. Lets have a closer look at them.
The soil should be kept moist mostly, so water very regularly and faithfully. However allow it to dry partially before watering it again.
Like most palms, the soil should be well drained and sandy.
Fertilize in the growing season, do not overdo the fertilizer.
It is not very good at tolerating cold. Temperatures below 23 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods can easily harm your Kentia palm.
The scientific or botanic name of this palm is Howea forsteriana.
Some of its common names are:
and the famous Kentia palm
Kentia palms can easily be propagated by seeds. Just soak the fruit in warm water for a couple of days and then remove the fruit from seeds. Now make sure the seed does not have any fruit particle and place them in growing tray that has rich, well drained soil mix and peat moss. Plant the seeds in soil so that just one third to half of each seed goes below the surface. Now for the germination to occur you must keep the soil moist all the time. Keep it moist, not wet, wet soil can cause seedlings to rot.
Kentia Palm Pictures
Here are some pictures of Kentia palm plantations...