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Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
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The Kentia Palm has been popular as a houseplant since the 19th century, but only occurs naturally on 1 island east of Australia: Lord Howe Island.

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English Name:
Kentia Palm

Origin:
Lord Howe-island

Minimum Temperature:
10 degrees Celsius

Description:
The Kentia Palm has been popular as a houseplant since the 19th century, but is only found naturally on 1 island east of Australia: Lord Howe Island. This beautiful volcanic island is only 10 kilometers long and 600 kilometers offshore. Due to its unique flora and fauna it is on the list of UNESCO and 75% of the island is currently a nature reserve. The Kentia palm grows mainly in the center of the island, a fairly low part between two mountains, where it reaches a height of about 10 meters. As a houseplant it remains a lot smaller and the growth is elegant and narrow. It is also a slow grower (even in the tropics), making it a relatively expensive palm.

The species can withstand low light, so it can grow in a shady spot. However the plant will do better in a brighter position without direct sunlight. The leaves can burn in the afternoon sun. In addition, make sure you have a deep pot because of the taproot and let the soil dry between watering.

Kentia is the former gender of the species, but later it became Howea (named after the island).

Sowing Description:
Germination can take several months so you will need some patience for this strain. Sow seeds shallowly in sowing and cutting soil or coconut fiber and keep the soil constantly slightly moist. Provide a (day) temperature of approximately 25 degrees Celsius and allow it to cool down at night. Not all seeds will germinate, but usually germination will take place after 2 or 3 months. Germination can follow as long as the seeds are hard. So you can always dig up the seeds to see how they are doing.

Sowing time:
Year round

Difficulty:
Average

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