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Kentia palm

Kentia palm

All the way from an island near Australia is the Kentia. Kentia is a palm from the Aecaeae and Palmea family. You may also know the Kentia palm as Howea Forsteriana. On that island east of Australia the Kentia grew up to be a strong palm. The most striking? The Kentia palm does not have the properties that most palms have. And that but the Kentia palm is very easy to maintain. A very suitable plant for the office!

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Kentia palm

All the way from an island near Australia is the Kentia. Kentia is a palm from the Aecaeae and Palmea family. You may also know the Kentia palm as Howea Forsteriana. On that island east of Australia the Kentia grew up to be a strong palm. The most striking? The Kentia palm does not have the properties that most palms have. And that but the Kentia palm is very easy to maintain. A very suitable plant for the office!

Kentia palm

All the way from an island near Australia is the Kentia. Kentia is a palm from the Aecaeae and Palmea family. You may also know the Kentia palm as Howea Forsteriana. On that island east of Australia the Kentia grew up to be a strong palm. The most striking? The Kentia palm does not have the properties that most palms have. And that but the Kentia palm is very easy to maintain. A very suitable plant for the office!

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Kentia palm?

The best location

A very special wish of the Kentia: don’t put her in direct sunlight. Remarkable for such a palm! You’d think that a palm prefers to be full in the sunlight. Well, don’t! The Kentia palm enjoys indirect sunlight and half shade just as much. For the right ratio of light we have a handy calculation. Does the palm grow but not? Then place the palm one metre closer to the window. Does the leaf turn yellow, or does the whole plant turn a little lighter? Then the Kentia gets too much sunlight. Put the plant one meter further away from the window.

Watering the Kentia palm

Just like other palms, the Kentia palm likes a moist soil. Although this sounds easy, it can easily happen that you give too much water. Is the soil still wet after 4 days? Then reduce the amount of water you give. Otherwise the Kentia can suffer from root rot. And that doesn’t exactly make your plant happy! We recommend watering once every 5 days during the summer period. In case of a real heat wave, it is always good to give the plant a little extra. In winter you can adjust the watering to once every 2 weeks.

Plant nutrition

From spring onwards it is important to fertilize the Kentia palm. It is best to administer plant nutrition every two weeks. You can easily add this nutrient to the watering. We recommend using plant nutrition especially for palms. Never give more nutrition than the recommended amount. You can also skip the autumn and summer. If you continue to fertilise the Kentia with plant nutrition after the summer, this can be harmful to the plant.

Repotting

It is best to repot the Kentia palm immediately after purchase. After this it is needed once every 2 years. Or when the palm grows out of its pot of course! When repotting you use a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one. We also recommend repotting in the spring. This is the best period for the plant, because it is currently at its strongest. Then the palm can quickly recover damaged roots.

Air purifying function

Actually, all palms are extremely good air purifiers. And so is the Kentia palm. Because of the large size of its leaves, the plant is very good at purifying the air. Skin mouths open and go! Without you noticing it, CO2 is converted to oxygen. And the finest? The Kentia also fishes harmful substances out of the air. Isn’t that nice?

Is the Kentia palm poisonous?

Good news! The Kenya palm is not poisonous. Though eating leaves can never be good for a pet. Therefore, pay close attention if your pet shows any irregularities. At that moment it is best to contact the vet.

Diseases and peculiarities

In addition to being non-toxic, the Kentia does not suffer from any diseases. Pests can occur on all types of plants. It is therefore good to check the plant regularly. In case of vermin, you can always use a pesticide.

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