Howea forsteriana

24cm pot - 1.2m tall £99.99
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Buy Howea forsteriana kentia palm: An easy to grow palm for the house or conservatory

  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Soil: good potting compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 120cm (+ or - 10% including the pot)
  • Pot cover: choose a 25cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot

    One of the most popular palms which if you stepped back into the Victorian times would have been seen in many a drawing room. They are still popular today as they are easy to grow, evergreen and will complement most rooms. Keep them away from direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves, and away from cold draughts.

    Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a simple nursery pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.

  • Home care: The golden rule is not to leave this plant sitting in water - they like a moist soil but won't like to have their roots sodden so feel the top of the soil before watering. In the winter it will still need watering but not as much. It likes humidity, so mist the leaves regularly in hot weather or if it is in a warm room. Avoid repotting until it is really pot-bound as they don't like to be disturbed.

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Notes on Howea forsteriana

"Picture the scene: a azure blue sea, a sun-drenched pearly white beach and a green forest full of palms. That's where the Kentia Palm comes from. The plant was discovered in the 18th century on the heavenly Lord Howe Island, near Australia."

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On average could you tell a beginner how often should it be watered and how often.....and what does dry actually mean re the soil thanks


Hello, I'm afraid there are no golden rules when it comes to watering, as how much and how often a plant will need watering will depend on things like how hot it is, what position it is growing in, how big it is and what pot size it is in. The best way to tell if a plant needs water then is to feel the compost - not just the top, but dig your finger in and see how it feels a couple of inches down. If it feels dry there (not bone dry like a desert, but not moist or damp either), then it needs more water. Once you get to know your plant, you may be able to tell that it needs a drink just by looking at it, as plants tend to look a little lacklustre - and the pot will feel a lot lighter when you pick it up.


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