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.
Botanical Name: Howea Forsteriana
Nicknames: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm
Size: The size of Kentia Palm varies from 4 feet to 12 feet in height, though it is slow to grow.
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
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
Poison Information: This palm is non-poisonous.