The Kentia Palm is an excellent palm for inside because it's hardy to the humidity indoors, slow-growing and looks amazing. The little secret of all the large Kentia Palms you will ever see is that they are usually two or three plants in the same plater, thus giving a more full appearance. If a Ione plant gets distressed born yellow and dies don’t panic as you usually have another one or two that will be fine.
Why we love it:
The Kentia Palm is a popular houseplant because it has the classical tropical palm appearance: pinnate leaves and arching and drooping leaflets. It creates an instant jungle look and its narrow leaves let through dappled sunlight, creating a wonderful shadow in most rooms.
They are expensive because like most palms they are slow-growing: it takes six to seven years to get a beautiful show piece plant like ours. In fact, if you have ever ventured through the world-famous palm house at Kew Gardens you would have seen the space you can create with several varieties of palms.
Our tip for the Kentia Palm is go big! They look wonderful when established and well worth the extra cost. Like most houseplants it will thrive if you treat it a little bit mean. Water sparingly and give it some space to grow and you will be rewarded with a wonderful specimen plant.
We sell a variety of Palms including Howea and Kentia and source the best value for money.
Happy Plant Guide:
- Pot in a rich fast draining soil with drainage holes at the bottom.
- Water when the top 1" of soil has dried out, drench until water comes out of the bottom then leave to dry again.
- Regularly dust with a damp cloth.
- Mist the foliage occasionaly using rainwater in a spray bottle to mimick the plants humid natural environment.
- Standard liquid fertilizer can be applied once a month during spring and summer.
- Check foliage for common pests such as aphids and spider mites. Many pests can be removed simply by spraying the plant with a strong stream of water. You can also wash the leaves with insecticidal soap.
- Repot every year during Spring. Check the bottom of the pot to see if the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or growing in a dense circle.
- Direct light will hurt the leaves and then will curl as a way of asking for your help. Move the plant a little away from there window and they will spring open again.