• Howea forsteriana 3 Seeds Kentia Palm

    Kentia palm is highly prized for its long elegant fronds and nice slender trunk. A hard to find palm and considered to be in danger of loss in its natural habitat. Kentia palm has a canopy of about three dozen gracefully drooping leaves which produce a most elegant feathery appearance. Pinnate leaves grow to about 12 feet if grown as a standard. This is a slow growing palm and makes a perfect deck plant or in the greenhouse. Shelter from cold. It is an ideal palm for growing inside the house and does very well in the coastal areas of Southern California.

    Fun Facts:

    Kentia palm grows naturally only on the Lord Howe Island group, in the Tasman sea about 500 miles off the eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia
    The climate on Lord Howe Island is warm to cool subtropical environment
    Lord Howe Island was discovered in the late 1700's
    Explorers there noted that the the predominant plant on the island was Howea forsteriana
    Plants were returned home to Europe in the mid 1800's and it was quickly discovered that this species was a wonderful interior plant and was very beautiful and graceful
    The plant was named in the mid 1800's to Kentia Palm
    It is unclear where the name comes from
    The Latin name honors William Forester and Australian politician

    Sowing instructions:
    Scarify the seed and soak in warm water for 24 hours
    Sow seed 3/4” deep at a soil temperature of 61-64° F. and keep moist
    Seed can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination
    Sow in standard good draining potting mix
    Plant Care:
    Grow in a standard potting mix
    Likes a deep, rich well fertilized soil
    Keep moist and feed once a month
    Transplant when large enough to handle into pots
    Keep humid if in dry conditions by occasional misting


    Outdoor Standard
    Potted Deck Plant
    Indoor Tropical


    full sun to partial shade is best; shade tolerant
    moist, slightly acidic, well-drained, high organic matter soil is ideal
    dislikes hot, dry locations
    avoid windswept winter locations

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