- Cover the base of an attractive planter with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. A pot with holes in the base on a dish is preferable. Stand your plant in the planter, nursery pot and all. Water immediately.
- Remove from the nursery pot and pot up in a nice planter with holes in the base and standing on a dish. Cover the holes in the pot with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. Add fresh potting compost and stand the root ball at the correct depth in the pot. Fill the pot with more compost (to around 3 cm below the edge of the pot) and press firmly down. Water immediately.
- Just stand your plant on a dish, still in its nursery pot. Water immediately. Be sure not to leave it standing in drainage water for more than 24 hours but do not allow it to dry out.
Kentia Palm - PlantHowea forsteriana
The striking kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana) has lovely leaves that remind us all of... a tropical palm tree! This palm loves the shade and will bring a touch of the tropics to your living room. A sturdy palm, it is also very decorative and easily cared for. This shade loving tree will grow tall anywhere indoors but is especially suitable for offices. Stand it prominently to enjoy it to the full!Show more
Show moreYou have several options upon receipt of your kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana).
The best spot for your kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana)The most perfect spot for your plant is:
- Somewhere with lots of light but is protected from the full blast of the midday sun. Mornings and evenings are not a problem and will even be appreciated! About 3 metres from the window would probably be ideal. This plant tolerates quite a bit of shade and even 6 metres from a window should cause no problems.
- Somewhere warm - between 18 and 23 degrees centigrade. If you have underfloor heating, so much the better. Standing your kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana) above a radiator is not a good idea as your plant will dry out all the quicker with a resulting loss of leaf or leaves that turn brown.
Show moreWater your kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana) regularly (2x a week in the summer, once a week in the winter) keeping the pot moist. Feed monthly during the growing season with greenhouse plant food.
The kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana) can withstand dry indoor air - just be sure to give it sufficient space where it will not be bumped into.
- Spray the leaves at least twice a year (a lukewarm shower hose would suffice but a summer’s rain shower would be better). This helps keep dust to a minimum.
- Keep this plant out of draughts.
Show moreThe kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana) is one of the Arecaceae and is also known as the thatch palm tree.
Originating on Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Australia it is still not found anywhere else in the wild. In tropical climes it is used as outdoor décor but in temperate climes as a houseplant.
Sick Building SyndromeThe harmful gas particles in the home, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are solvents and are often used in chipboard and other wood products. These are often used for cabinets and other furniture, or as a degreasing agent for metal objects. These products often need some time to evaporate these gases, but they are often still doing that when they end up in the living room. This can create an environment in the home or office in which some people develop headaches. This environment is also referred to as "Sick Building Syndrome".