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Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'
Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'
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Ships in 10 inch nursery pot. 3-4 feet in height.

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Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'-Native to the Lord Howe Island group off the eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia, ‘Kentia Palm’ is one of the world’s most popular indoor palms. It is also highly prized for its excellent appearance. The featherlike, charmingly drooping canopy of leaves grow up to 12 feet in length on thornless 4 to 5 foot stems. The leaflets are dark green on top and lighter green on the bottom and bend downward toward the slender trunk.

Palms are the universal symbol of the tropics. Palms are very important agricultural commodities in the tropics and are second only to the grasses or grains in economic importance. As landscape plants, palms are prized for their unique architecture and the intricate texture and form of their leaves and stems. Their beauty, durability, and variety rank then among the most highly valued of all landscape plants in subtropical and tropical regions. Palms are great for landscaping.

Palms are not typical trees. Instead of branching out, they grow huge leaves from a giant bud at their apex. The palm grows taller as this bud keeps producing new leaves and the lowest leaves die and fall. Next to the grasses, the palm family is most important in its usefulness to man. In some tropical countries the entire economy is based on palms, with the trees supplying food, shelter, and clothing. Worldwide, palms are an important source of food, vegetable oil, and sugar. They also provide timber, fiber, rattan cane, carnauba wax, and button ivory. We use them for everything from fuel and shampoo to the coconut seasoning of cakes and curries. Palms are planted as ornamentals for indoor and outdoor use to provide a tropical atmosphere.


Name Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'
Common Names Sentry palm, Thatch palm, Paradise palm
Grow Zone 9 - 11
Light Conditions Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Average, do not overwater
PH Level 6.0 -6.5
Maximum Height 40 feet
Growth Habit Slow
Bloom Period Summer
Bloom Color Brown green
Fragrant Yes
Fragrance Peppermint
Best Grown In Indoors, outdoors
Scientific Name Howea forsteriana
Class Liliopsida
Family Arecaceae
Genus Howea
Species forsteriana
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 9 - 11
Grow Zones
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