Howea Forsteriana. Kentia palm.

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, also known as kentia palm, is a palm tree belonging to the family Arecaceae.


It is one of the most commonly used palm trees in interior gardening due to its elegant appearance and low maintenance requirements. It can thrive in both warm and cooler environments. The plant typically features a single trunk with a crown composed of up to 40 or more leaves. 

Longevity and Growth:

Kentia palms are known for their longevity and slow growth rate, which is further accentuated when planted in groups. They prefer warm, humid, and well-ventilated environments and thrive in neutral to slightly alkaline soils.

Care and Maintenance:

When grown indoors, kentia palms should be monitored for common insect pests such as scale insects or red spider mites, although they are generally resistant to diseases. Fertilize them with liquid or slow-release fertilizers in spring and summer.

Leaf Characteristics:

The leaves of the kentia palm are more upright when grown indoors or in shaded areas, and more arched when exposed to direct sunlight.

Preferred Growing Conditions:

Kentia palms do not like to be moved frequently or have their roots disturbed, so it is important to find a suitable location for them from the beginning. Regularly clean the leaves to prevent dust accumulation.

Signs of Watering Issues:

Brown leaves may indicate a lack of water, while drooping leaves and trunks may indicate both underwatering or overwatering. Brown spots on the leaves suggest excessive sun exposure.


Kentia palms typically do not require pruning, except to remove severely damaged leaves. Excessive pruning can damage the trunk and make the plant more susceptible to fungal attacks.

Consulted sources in addition to our experience with this plant:


Data sheet

Howea forsteriana - Kentia
Up to 18 m
Green leaves, white flowers
Shade or semishade
Indoor or outdoor plant
Sales format
Pot 17cms. Appx height: 1.00mts
Can resist light frosts
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.

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