kentia (Howea Fosteriana)
The origin of the Kentia is the island of Howea, east of Australia. The Howea Forsteriana, popularly known as Kentia, is an easy to care for houseplant. The houseplant requires little maintenance, can be in partial shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Just like all other palms, it is wise to keep the soil slightly moist at all times, in the growing period that runs from March to August a little more than in the winter. You can let the soil dry out a little before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, as this causes root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival there is little water in it, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter rises automatically. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on holiday then you can fill the pot almost half full (you can see this on the meter that is well above its maximum) and you can safely go 3 weeks away. In addition, it is not a problem if the plants do not get too much water too quickly. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is at the bottom, the substrate is still moist, but there is no more water at the bottom of the pot. The plant then has more than enough space for 4 summer days.
Spray the Kentia occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent vermin. Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the houseplant. Rainwater or descaled water is best suited for this, this prevents limescale marks on the leaves.
The Kentia thrives well in the half shade and needs a maximum of 2 to 3 hours of sunlight per day. The Kentia prefers a window on the north, east or west. If you place the Kentia at a window facing south, keep a distance of at least three meters to the window.
16 ° C during the day
10 ° C at night
Fertilize the Kentia weekly in the growing period from April to September. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Look on the package for the dosage where in the case of the Kentia 50% of the indicated amount is sufficient.
It is best to repaint a Kentia once every two years in a larger pot. The best period for transplanting is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is more spread and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro granules at the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
If a Kentia gets brown edges at the bottom leaves, you can easily cut it off. This is unfortunately a natural and unavoidable phenomenon. If the leaves turn yellow, the cause is too much light. In this case, move the indoor plant a little further from the window.
A Kentia is a relatively slow grower and is best pruning in the fall. Cut the leaf as much as possible at the bottom of the stem. Use a secateurs for this. You can trim any brown leaf tips with scissors.
The Kentia is not toxic.
The Kentia is not very susceptible to diseases, but of course there can always be bugs in the plant. Check this regularly. If necessary, use a biological "or if desired" chemical pesticide to treat the plants.
The Kentia is a very strong plant that is a welcome guest in offices.