Kentia (Howea) forsteriana
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The Kentia (Howea) forsteriana originates from the Australian island of Lord Howe. The export of this plant began in the 19th century, making it known worldwide and increasing its popularity as a house plant. The island's ideal growing conditions, with high humidity and moderate temperatures, are characteristic of this plant's needs.
Characteristic of the Kentia (Howea) forsteriana are the long, elegant palm leaves that have a deep green colour. This palm can reach a height of up to three metres, but grows slowly, about 20 cm per year. The Kentia palm is valued for its tolerance of low light, making it an ideal plant for indoor use.
The care for the Kentia palm is moderately intensive. It requires well-drained soil and moderate watering. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it is important to only water when the top layer of the soil feels dry. The ideal environmental conditions for the plant include high humidity and temperatures between 15 and 27 degrees, similar to its natural habitat.