How to care for: Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)

You can recognize the Kentia palm by its long and lush leaves with beautiful foliage. The leaves give the illusion of having a miniature-sized palm tree inside your house! As a beginner to plants, Howea Forsteriana, known as Kentia Palm, is the perfect indoor plant to start with. The Kentia palm can tolerate a little neglect making it a plant with a low maintenance nature. They can grow as tall as around 120 metres in nature and around 3,5 metres indoors.

Medium light

Water once a week


Every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Non-Toxic to pets

Repot every 2 years

How do you take care of a Kentia palm?

The best location for Kentia palms

The Kentia palm likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light or partial shade. The Kentia palms prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. Don't give Kentia palms direct sunlight as the leaves won't tolerate the heat.

Watering the Kentia palm

Kentia Palm prefers a balanced level of moisture, not too wet nor too dry. Therefore, the best way to check if your plant needs water is to check the top centimeters of the soil. If it's dry, then you can water the plant. From spring to summer you can add some water every 5 days. From autumn to winter every 10 days is enough.


Repotting the Kentia palm isn't necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Kentia palm every 2 years. This gives the plant new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Plant nutrition

The Kentia palm uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every two weeks. From spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the winter, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Kentia palm!

Air-purifying function

Kentia Palms are air-purifying plants. They remove toxins from the air, such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene.

Is the Kentia palm toxic?

They're non toxic for humans and pets, making them the perfect choice as an indoor plant.

Diseases and peculiarities

In addition to being non-toxic, the Kentia does not suffer from any diseases too. Although pests can occur on all types of plants. It is therefore good to check the plant regularly. In case of vermin, you can always use a pesticide.

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