Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm)
The classic Parlour Palm of old. One of the easiest indoor palms, exotic, graceful and tolerant of shade. Contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Red
The classic Parlour Palm - ubiquitous in Victorian drawing rooms, tea rooms and concert halls along with Aspidistras, old lace and velvet. It's actually a large palm native to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. God knows how it ended up in Victorian drawing rooms but it did - presumably because it was found to be tolerant of low light, neglect, polluted air and cigarette butts.
Its elegance and tolerance have made it a favourite as an indoor plant. Also because it's fairly upright so doesn't get too much in the way.
You could give it a spell out doors in the shade (not in the sun - it will bleach the leaves) but indoors, water and feed from time to time and dust the leaves.
These are grown from seed. The tradition is to put several plants in the same pot which give the impression that this is a multistemmed plant - which it isn't.
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