☘ Origin: Lord Howe Island
☘ Family: Arecaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana
☘ Common Name: Paradise Palm
Symbolism: A Kentia Palm conjures up ideas of sun-soaked holidays and its symbolic strength does indeed come from its association as a solar symbol. It has many positive connotations including a symbol of victory, freedom, peace, truth, honor, expansion and eternal life.
Prefer indirect sunlight. Do not expose the plant to direct sun otherwise, it will likely to be burned. While Kentia Palms can grow in low light conditions, you will get more foliage if It receives enough hours of soft and filtered light.
Water when the top three inches of soil (7-8cm) become dry, , allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. If you notice yellowing leaves, that can signal too much water and/or root rot. Likewise, brown tips on the plant's fronds can be a good indication that the palm needs more water.
Kentia Palm enjoys and benefits from added humidity, so plan to water-spray the leaves lightly three times a week. If you have a particularly dry home, you can also increase the plant's humidity by placing its container on a bed of wet rocks/pebbles.
Like any tropical, Kentia Palm prefers warmer temperatures and lots of humidity. Though it's hardier than most other palms and can tolerate temperatures as low as (-5°C), it will always perform better if its home maintains an environment of about (13-20°C).
Fertilize monthly, but only in the spring and summer, with liquid fertilizer or slow-release pellets (a specially-formulated palm fertilizer is preferable). If you fertilize it too much, you may see the tips of the lower leaves turn brown.
Kentia palms are entirely non-toxic to humans and pets.
Like with many indoor plants, mealybugs and spider mites are the most common pests for the Kentia Palm. When treating your palm for these pests, it's best to avoid any alcohol-containing products, which can dry out the delicate fronds. Instead, use an insecticidal soap or neem oil instead. Additionally, you can clean the fronds once a month with a spray of water and a damp cloth to remove dust and help prevent spider mites.
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).