Howea forsteriana o kteentia es la más conocida de la palmera para interiores. Hojas de color verde oscuro y elegante que puede soportar lugares de no tan alta luminosidad
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Howea forsteriana or kentia palm or thatch palm belongs to the family of the arecaeaes.
It is one of the most used palm tree due to its elegant bearing and few care that requires, and can withstand both fresh and warm environments. Also because is not demanding of too much luminosity.
It is very long-lived and it has a very slow growht, mainly if sow in groups.
It is composed of an unique trunk and a crown that in some cases can have even more than 40 leaves.
Iit likes warm, damp, and ventilated environments and needs neutral or somewhat lime type soils.
Keep an eye to prevent insects as wood-louse or red spider mites. For this clean frequently its leaves and place it in a well ventilated area with no drafts. Normally is diseases free, unless we overwater and stays in soggy soils.
Feed with liquid or slow release fertilizer in spring and summer to provide more vigor.
Kentia dislikes being changed of place continuosly or be changed into a new pot, also their roots do not like to be disturb, sofind the right place from the beginning.
When its leaves are brown, could be for a lack of water, as well as if we notice that its trunks and its leaves do not have an upright bearing.
On the contrary an excess of water will provoke roots rot and too languish leaves. Brown spots in its leaves will denounce that it is receiving too much sun.
Do not prune Howea forsteriana, except for getting rid of those leaves which are damaged. If we get rid of too many leaves its trunk can be damaged and can be more susceptible to fungus attacks.
Consulted sources in addition to our experience with this plant:
|Name||Howea forsteriana - Kentia|
|Height||Up to 18 m|
|Color||Green leaves, white flowers|
|Location||Shade or semishade|
|Applications||Indoor or outdoor plant|
|Others||Can resist light frosts|
|Sales format||Pot 24 cms. Appx height: 160/180cms|
|Note||Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.|