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Kentia Palm

(102 customer reviews)


Elegant and stately, the Howea forsteriana is one of the first plants cultured for use inside buildings (think hotel lobbies in classic Bogart films), and it stands the test of time.  It’s also one palm that can tolerate low-light conditions.  As part of our collection, it comes to us with a strong root system grown in lava rock from Hawaii or soil from Florida giving it long-lasting properties with very little fuss.  Using sub-irrigation, this plant can go nearly a month between waterings.  It’s got a nice upright nature, but can spread its fronds over time.  With no disrespect for the less-expensive Areca Palm, don’t confuse the two – the Kentia has a much lower light requirement, will last longer, and it is much more majestic in character.  If this plant is added to your favorite room, you will not be disappointed.

Kentia Palms are grown in Florida and Hawaii.  There is some size variation, but the main difference is Florida-grown palms are in “traditional” soil while Hawaiian palms are grown in lava-rock based soil.

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Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.


If you want to make a tropical statement, with long-lasting and (nearly) care-free features, the Kentia Palm will deliver for you.  Here are some helpful hints on keeping your Kentia in great shape for years to come:


Our Kentia Palms come from top growers in both Florida and Hawaii and the soils differ considerably in their water-holding capacity.  Florida soils hold more water, while lava-rock Hawaiian soils drain more readily.  Regardless, the plants share the same characteristic – they like an evenly moist rootzone.  The Kentia should be watered thoroughly, around the entire soil surface, and not watered again until the soil feels dry – you’ll want a soil probe to help you determine relative soil moisture.    The Hawaiian soils are a different, and sometimes hard to probe, but it’s the best soil for plant owners that tend to over-water because there’s so much air space between the small particles of lava rock (cinder).  Please check out our watering guide for more information.


While this palm has strong tolerance for lower light levels, much better than most palms, it will thrive in moderate and high light.  So, good filtered natural light or bright fluorescent light will keep this palm growing strong.


Like other plants right out of nursery production, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it.  That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated.  After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.  Please refer to our plant nutrition guide for details.


An occasional wipe down with a damp cloth will keep your Kentia looking good.  That’s it.


The older leaves on the Kentia Palm may turn yellow and brown.  So sweat…just prune off the leaf as close to the stem as possible.


The biggest bug problem for this palm is scale.  They’ll show up as little brown bumps on the underside of the leaves and can be wiped off.  Because scale insects form a waxy proactive coating over their bodies, you will need to apply a little more pressure to dislodge the little boogers from their happy little spot on the underside of the leaves.


Give it a little light and occasional water, and you should be in pretty good shape.

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 52 in

5-6' (in 12" growpot), 3-4' (in 10" growpot), 3-4' (in 8" growpot), 2-3' (in 8" growpot), 3.5-4.5' (in 10" growpot-H), 3-4' (in 10" growpot-H)

102 reviews for Kentia Palm

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  1. Brian (verified owner)

    Four healthy palms that look full together but was surprisingly short. Great health but disappointed.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know. The palms are larger earlier in the season and start to get shorter as we head into the cooler months as the growing slows down. The sizes are listed on the website and are accurate most of the year except during the summer months when they’re usually much larger and seem to grow overnight. Please send me a photo so I can see how it is doing as it should be the proper height and if it is not, we’ll need to know.

      Thanks – Sue

  2. John Peck (verified owner)

    Had really hoped the palm would be closer to 6’. Unfortunately despite being a very beautiful palm it was barely 5’ tall.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know. We are at the end of the summer crop and during the year they range from 5-6′ tall. If you give it some nice light through a window, it will put out new growth and get taller in time.

  3. donald (verified owner)

    Good service and plants but terrible website and online ordering.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know. We’re making alterations on the site to make it easier to order and apologize for the issues you’ve had. If you need any help with your plant or ordering in the future, please email me directly and I can help.
      Thanks – Sue

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The plant was slightly damaged during shipping and many of the leaves were bent, and one of the branches was bent but not completely broken. Pretty sure the box was turned upside down or at least sideways because much of the soil material had come out of the pot and was loose in the box. At least the first inch or so. The plant main stalks were bent to one side so the plant does not stand up straight. Hopefully this will correct itself over time.

  5. Allen (verified owner)

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