The genus howea owes its name to the Howe Islands, from where they originate; only two species compose the genus, quite similar in appearance, H. forsteriana and H. balmoreana. They are medium sized palms, in the wild they reach, at the most, the 12-15 metres of height; the specimens cultivated in pot, on the contrary, keep under the three metres, widening often for about 250 cm, therefore they need ample spaces in order to develop better.
They are evergreen palms, with a very slow growth; they have a short woody stem, smooth, furrowed by parallel rings at regular intervals. The leaves are arched, carried by a long flexible petiole; the segments of the leaves are of dark green colour, leathery, pointed, and also tend, with the time, to arc.
It rarely happens that the plants cultivated in apartment produce flowers during the spring: they are long cylindrical panicles carrying whitish flowers, followed by oval fruits, of yellow or brown colour. Each plant produces only 2-3 new branches every year. These plants are easy to grow, and are very common as indoor plants.
In nature, the plants of kentia they live in sunny places and with a temperate climate; in fact, they are not very demanding plants, which can be developed even in conditions not ideal and easy to cultivate even by those who are less experienced in gardening. In the apartment we try to cultivate the kentia in a bright place, even if they can easily bear the twilight or shade. During the winter months it is best to avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 12-15°C.
If taken outdoors, during the summer months, it is advisable to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, or expose the plants to the sun very gradually to prevent the leaves from being burned by the sun’s rays.
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- The kentia is a palm that belongs to the genus Howea: it is native to Australia, in particular to the island Lord Howe (from which it takes its name). It arrived in Europe in the mid-1800s and was immediately introduced into the world….
From March to October, water the the Howea forsteriana quite regularly, waiting for the soil to dry up between one watering and the other; during the cold months, water occasionally, keeping the soil mainly dry as the season, being colder, allows the plants to live quietly even without regular watering. They can bear without any problems even prolonged periods of drought, but they develop best if watered regularly.
During the vegetative period, provide some fertilizer for green plants, every 15-20 days, dissolved in the water of the watering.
The Howea forsteriana prefer loose soils and rich of organic substance; we suggest to repot the kenzia every 2-3 years, inserting them in not too much capacious containers as they do not have a particularly extended rooting apparatus.
The multiplication of the kentia usually happens by seed, in spring.
Kenzia – Howea forsteriana: Pests and diseases
Forsterian howea can be affected by mites or cochineal. Often the foliage stains due to airstrokes or excessively dry climate, in case of very large stains is intervened by removing the leaves damaged by hand.
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