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Kentia Palm

Howea Forsteriana

From £40.00

The Kentia Palm is one of the most popular houseplants of all time, is easy to care for and acts as a fabulous showstopper in any room.

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About Kentia Palm

Botanical Name
Howea Forsteriana
Common Names
Big Ken
Plant Height
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Nursery Pot Size
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Air Purification Qualities
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One of the most popular houseplants of all time is the Kentia Palm. Originating on a small island just off Australia’s East Coast, it was brought back to the UK and popularised by Queen Victoria in the 1880’s. This palm is easy to care for and acts as a fabulous showstopper in any room it can fit in. Much more shade-liking than other indoor plants making it one of the most popular choices.

So, if you want some of the royal, exotic indulgence that was loved by one of the most powerful women in world history – look no further. The Kentia Palm makes any space look like a tropical paradise and has bags of character.

Howea Forsteriana gained great popularity as a houseplant in Europe and the United States during the Victorian era, at a time when exotic palms and other plants were avidly collected in England and elsewhere. The Kentia became the quintessential ‘parlour palm’ beginning in the 1870s, when seed exports from Lord Howe Island first started. In part, this was because the plant thrived in interiors where low light, low humidity, poor air quality and cool temperatures made palms otherwise impossible to grow.

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

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How To Care For Kentia Palm


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between waters. It’s recommended not to use the bottom-up method of submersion due to the risk of root rot. If you use one of our soil moisture meters, make sure you water when levels are just below moist. Grab yourself a watering can to keep your Kentia Palm well hydrated.

Light & Location

Bright, indirect light with little to no direct sunlight is best. Despite the idea of Kentia Palms thriving in dark locations, avoid placing it in a spot completely devoid of natural light. We all need a little bit of sunshine in our lives. Use one of our soil & light testers to understand how bright your space is.


Provide a humid environment, away from radiators. Treat your Kentia Palm to a misting with a water mister a few of times a week and it will definitely thank you for it.


A well-draining potting compost should be fine for your Kentia Palm.


Fertilise the soil every two to four weeks with a houseplant-labelled feed, during spring and summer.

Pests and Diseases

Keep an eye out for Spider Mites that’ll locate themselves in webs along the ridges of the under-leafs. Treat with neem oil or a houseplant bug killer to keep them at bay and away from your Kentia Palm.


Re-pot every three years using a well draining potting mix. Be sure to respect the roots as transplant shock is a big issue that could cause death in some cases.

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Delivery & Returns

Buy your plants online and get hassle-free delivery direct to your door.

We ensure you’re always happy with your purchase, so if you’re plant or pot is damaged or not quite up to scratch upon arrival, simply email and we’ll process your complaint accordingly and offer a replacement, return or refund in most cases.

Delivery costs are calculated whilst you are in your basket, or during checkout. The calculation is based on the size and weight of the items which are being shipped. Any items which are classed as XL can only be shipped on a standard service unfortunately.

Or, if you live locally and would prefer to avoid paying the delivery fee, you are welcome to come pick up your parcel from us in Bolton.

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