Kentia Palm Trees - Kentia Palms
Kentia palms are beautiful plants that can give a lovely tropical look to your garden and in case you decide to have them indoors, they will make a great houseplant especially if grown in large pots. Kentia palms require a little care and can thrive in many conditions. Scientifically, they are known as Howea Forsteriana. As they are native to the Lord Howe Island of Australia, thus the name Howea Forsteriana.
They Have a Relative!
Howea Belmoreana is a close relative of Howea Forsteriana. Needless to say, they are also endemic to the Lord Howe Island. Its fonds are a bit curled and smaller in size.
A bit about the Lord Howe Island
H. Forsteriana or the Kentia palms are native to the Lord Howe island. This island is located in the Tasman Sea, 600 kilometers east of the Australian mainland. Discovered in February 1788, the Lord Howe island is a crescent shaped island.
Soil should be a sandy mix.
Water them regularly.
Avoid placing young plants in direct sun.
Fertilize them once a year during the growing season.
They will not tolerate very low temperatures, especially the younger plants are sensitive to cold. However, mature plants will tolerate mild frost.
Kentia palms are propagated through seeds. These seeds are soaked in water and then planted in moist soil. The soil is constantly kept moist for a higher germination rate.
They are native to Lord Howe Island.
Kentia Palms can reach to a height of 18 meters.
Their botanic name is Howea Forsteriana.