The Kentia Palm, Howea Forsteriana, is one of the most popular houseplants of all time, easy to care for and acts as a beautiful feature in any home. Kentia Palms will be happy in almost any light conditions and made our list of top 10 unkillable houseplants.
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 with the Kentia, due to the risk of root rot. If you’re worried about over-watering you can use one of our soil moisture meters. If you do, make sure you water when levels are just below moist. Grab yourself a watering can to keep your Kentia Palm happy and healthy.
Kentia Palms can survive in almost all light conditions but 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 light shower with a water mister a few times a week and it will definitely thank you for it. Also, consider dusting your leaves every other month to maximise light absorption and keep it in optimum health.
Consider adding a houseplant fertiliser to the soil every two to four weeks, during spring and summer to maximise growth and plant health. Do not fertilise in winter.
Keep an eye out for Spider Mites that’ll locate themselves in webs along the ridges of the under-leaves. Treat with neem oil or a houseplant bug killer to keep them at bay and away from your Kentia Palm.
Re-pot your Kentia Palm every three years using a well-draining potting mix to avoid it becoming too root-bound. Be sure to respect the roots during repotting, as transplant shock is a big issue that could cause death in some cases.