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Tips for Care - Kentia Palm

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Tips for Care - Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm is a low-maintenance palm with an exquisite tropical appearance, making it a favorite for homeowners and landscapers. The Kentia Palm has a slender, thin trunk with drooping, feather-shaped fronds. When young, the trunk is dark green and turns brown as it gets older. Kentia plants flower yearly around November or December. The plant is native to Lord Howe Island of Australia, which has got a pleasant year-round environment. They can remove Volatile Organic compounds ie synthetic elements, from the air.

  1. Potting – They can grow in a variety of soil conditions from sandy to loamy; however, beach soil and well-drained soil is best for them. An ideal potting mix will be half sand and half garden soil, and perlite mix.

  2. Watering Requirement – Overwatering the Kentia palm will cause its roots to rot if the soil's drainage is not able to draw off the water fast enough. Under-watering, on the other hand, can cause yellow tips that can eventually turn brown. One sign to look for if the plant is not being watered enough is its stalks and leaves. If they are not standing upright as they should, you may want to do deep watering to help improve their condition. Give water once every seven days in winters and once every 2-3 days in summers.

  3. Light Requirement – Place your pot in an area where it will receive decent but indirect amounts of sunlight, especially in the early mornings and late afternoons. Direct sunlight, especially for young kentias, could lead to sunburn.

  4. Propagation – Kentia seeds can be grown with a grow light and heat mat, but seedlings are slow-growing. You'll wait for years for seedlings to grow into a tall palm tree.

  5. Fertilization – Apply a low release fertilizer every Spring and Summer.

General Tips – Don't repot the plant regularly as this plant hates repotting. It's a slow-growing plant with a fragile root ball. Most of the diseases of the plant happen when it is either overwatered or underwatered.