Howea forsteriana

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Kentia palm, Sentry palm, Thatch palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Howea forsteriana (C. Moore & F. Muell.) Becc.
Kentia palm, Sentry palm, Thatch palm.
Lord Howe Island (eastern Australia).
Common

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Pinnate
Less than 15 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 30 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

- 4ºC
Fertile
Slow
Medium
Semi sombra
Excellent
Medium
No
Medium
Low difficulty
Medium

It grows in humid forests at a lower altitude than Howea belmoreana.

This palm has been widely used as a house plant for over a century as it adapts so perfectly to the typical conditions with little humidity and light usually found indoors. Moreover, it does not need a large pot to thrive.

It can grow in all types of soil outside, although it prefers rich, damp soil and can tolerate periods of drought.

It thrives best in shady sites when young and in the sun when adult.