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Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm | Paradise Palm

The Howea Forsteriana, otherwise known as the Kentia palm or Paradise palm is characterized by beautiful dark palm leaves. This is of the most expensive indoor palms. This plant originated in Australia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Howea Forsteriana

Nicknames: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm

Origin: Australia

Size: The size of Kentia Palm varies from 4 feet to 12 feet in height, though it is slow to grow.

Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm

Plant Care

Lighting: Howea Forsteriana prefers indirect light, but can survive in low light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. The Kentia palm is sensitive to salt, fluoride, and chlorine in the water. Do not use water that has gone through a softener.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your palm monthly in the spring and summer, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  65°-85.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The Kentia Palm does well in average household humidity

Soil: The Paradise Palm does best in well-aerated loose soil. You may add sand if the soil is too caked.

Pruning: Do not prune palms. If a branch is dead, cut it off with sharp shears. Trimming palms do not encourage new growth.

Propagation: Propagating the Kentia palm requires an expert and is done using seeds.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.


  • Spider mites
  • mealybugs

Poison Information: This palm is non-poisonous.

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Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm