€45.00 – €80.00
Kentia Indoor Plant: Kentia Palm
Looking to add a touch of the tropics to your space? Imposing and stylish, the kentia palm conjures up images of sun-soaked holidays and can serve as a splendid focal point to your interior decor. A perfect fit whether you have a classic or a modern interior, this palm is set to make a statement.
Dimensions: our kentia is available in two sizes:
Medium – 120cm
Large – 200cm
Dimensions are approximate and include the pot.
Kentia Palm: Plant Guide
Difficulty level: a hardy plant, the kentia is easy to grow, ideal for plant novices.
Light: indirect sunlight is all it needs and although it grows well in shady areas, being exposed to more light means thicker and lusher foliage.
Air purifier: when it comes to purifying the air, the kentia plant steals the show since it does not only remove poisonous elements present in the air but it is also known for reducing stress.
Pet and child-friendly: the kentia is non-toxic so you can rest assured that this sturdy plant is safe for both your furry friends and children.
Ideal for: housewarming, new office space.
Kentia Palm: Plant Background
Origin: endemic to Lord Howe Island in Australia yet also widely grown on Norfolk Island, the plant was first discovered in the 18th century. It is a species of flowering plant in the palm family Arecaeae. Despite being slow-growing, it can reach 10 to 12 metres in height and can grow up to 6 metres wide, while it produces a fruit that can take about 15 years to make an appearance.
Also known as: howea or howea fosteriana
Symbolism: regarded as a solar symbol, the kentia has many positive connotations amongst which include victory, triumph, peace, freedom and eternal life. In addition, it’s a symbol of longevity due to its height, as well as its ability to produce fruit for several years. In Western art and literature, the kentia palm is seen as a representation of immortality and eternity and as such, it is considered a token of good luck.
Fun fact: rising in prominence as a houseplant in Europe and the United States during the Victorian era, the kentia became known as the parlor palm for being the plant of choice for this particular area of the house. In addition, Queen Victoria was fond of it, so much so that she cultivated them in all her homes and left instructions to have them placed around her coffin while she lay in state. More recently, the plant has also been dubbed Hollywood Palm since it is often seen in numerous films.
Kentia Palm: Plant Care
Watering: despite being a tough plant that can survive with minimal watering, it is best to water your kentia weekly in summer, letting the soil dry between waterings. Yet, do not overwater or allow the roots to sit in water or this may lead to root rot and may kill the palm. Any brown leaves is a sign that the air is too dry or that it isn’t watered enough, whereas yellow tips or yellow speckling is a sign of too much watering.
Food: you may give your kentia a slow-release fertiliser once or twice a year, ideally during the summer and spring months.
Pruning: avoid the urge of pruning often even when there is a number of leaves growing out of the trunk since over-pruning can damage the trunk permanently, while it may also lead to fungal attacks.
Ideal temperature: the plant can withstand cold temperatures as low as 12 degrees Celsius, while it thrives well in high temperatures that reach around 29 degrees.
Avoid: draughts as much as possible and repotting often. This should take place every other year and only once the plant is completely rootbound since the roots tend to be very sensitive to disturbances.
Pests: mealybugs and spider mites are the most common type of pests that can invade your kentia palm. Prevent any attacks by ensuring that you clean the fronds at least once a month by spraying some water and using a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust. On the other hand, if your kentia has been attacked, avoid any alcohol-containing products and use instead either some neem oil or some insecticidal soap.
Whilst doing our utmost in supplying an identical product to the image provided, sometimes items may be substituted if not in season or unavailable. Our dedicated staff will make sure that the substitution is equivalent to value and quality. Where our designs include a sundry item such as a vase, basket or pot it may not always be possible to deliver the exact item as displayed.
Photography location: The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, Valletta, Malta.
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