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Howea forsterianaKentia Palm, Sentry Palm, Thatch Palm
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The Kentia Palm is one of the most beautiful,popular and suitable palms for growing indoors. Almost unsurpassed for its tolerance of shady conditions, dry air and general neglect
Howea forsteriana has graced hallways, hotel lobbies and 'Palm Court' tea rooms since Victorian times. Where climate allows it makes a perfect street tree outside where adult plants glory in full sun - generally too harsh for juvenile plants indoors.
Although often seen as multi-stemmed potted specimens Kentia Palms are solitary trunked - but it is hard to resist the lush effect of three or more small plants together!
Howea forsteriana Identification Sheet
- Lord Howe Island
- Common name(s)
- Kentia Palm, Sentry Palm, Thatch Palm
- Bright light to shade, moist, well-drained soil
- moist, well-drained soil
- Eventual height
- 3m indoors, unlikely to outgrow its space
- Eventual spread
- Best kept above 5C
- Skill level
We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.
The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.
Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it.
Palm trees are one of the most popular choices for indoor plants to grow. They provide the majestic beauty of a tropical garden and the ease of care. The less mature palms can be used as a desk plant for a small office and even in bathrooms of some homes.
An inevitable problem encountered by growing palms indoors is the amount of dust that builds up on the leaves over time.
The soil in the pots should be kept moist and never be allowed to dry out. During the summer months you will be watering as much as twice per week to maintain moisture levels, whereas in winter you should water sparingly.
Usually bought together
I read various reviews for The Palm Centre (Richmond, London-you can visit them if you wish) and was impressed particularly by two things: the quality of the plants and the packaging. I ordered an 80cm tall Kentia Palm cluster of 4 potted plants, (The Palm Centre offer various sizes of this plant according to your needs and 'pocket'), and as hoped for the plant quality and care taken in packaging was first class. You can get cheaper elsewhere but I advise to beware of the trade in quality and, from reviews I read, even of company reliability to honour their side of the 'transaction'. I placed the order on bank holiday Monday 6 May and the plants were delivered to my home in North Hertfordshire at 7am on Friday 10 May. The courier left the plants on our doorstep rather than ringing the bell. Perhaps he thought we were not up and about so did not want to disturb us. Thank you to the Palm Centre: An excellent website, great rapid service and lovely cared for plants.
Buying a plant unseen, particularly when it has to be delivered by a courier, can be risky, but not so with the two palms we bought from The Palm Centre. They both looks amazingly healthy, well balanced proportion-wise and we will be ordering more soon!
This is the third plant purchased from this company, they have all arrived in perfect condition and on time. The quality is fabulous. My earlier purchase has grown so well and really healthy, would not buy from anyone else as you get exactly what you want and order. Thankyou
I received this palm and noticed how carefully it had been packed to ensure it arrived safely. It is now in its new position, and I have just fed it with your special palm feed, which it immediately responded to. I appreciate it takes some time for it to feel at home in its new environment, but it is looking very fine and happy, and is a lovely shape and very healthy. My recent experience with Department store palms has been disappointing, having once successfully kept a Kentia palm for many years, until it outgrew the house! So, I am hoping that buying from an expert in Kentia palms is the secret - buying quality in the first place. I was also pleased to have it at a reduced price. Many thanks.
I have just recieved my new palm and it is so beautiful. It was by far the best price and best quality plant I have seen and I have been researching everywhere for one in my house. I am really impressed with the palm centre great communication to the customer, excellent delivery and a great product.
<p>Beautiful plant but unfortunately let down by packaging. The packaging staples went through onto the plant. <br /> They were difficult to get off and some of the leaves are now significantly damaged. </p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;">Palm Centre Reply</strong><span style="color:#3f48cc;">: <br /> Thank you for your feedback. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this situation. Our colleagues try to be <br /> careful when packing the plants for shipping, however it rarely happens that the packaging staples go through <br /> and pierce the plant. We'll be in touch over email to correct the issue. </span></p>
We recently ordered three Howea Palms for our office, based in Jersey and have to say that prior to payment and despatch the assistance we received was excellent. When the Palms arrived they were superbly packaged and came out looking fresh and full and well hydrated after their long journey - Really impressed and would certainly recommend The Palm Centre.
Thanks to Toby and Ellie in particular, for their kind support, care and attention, resulting in a beautiful Kentia Palm specimen arriving in peak condition. Purchased many other bigger palms as well! Would highly recommend the PalmCentre to anyone who likes the personal touch, and caring people with good ethics and keen pricing. Prash<br />
The Palm was delayed in despatch due to frosty nights. Proves to me that the Palm Centre take great careof their plants. The Palm is brilliant with loads of green glossy leaves. It is postioned in our south facing lounge but out of direct sunlight. Will buy a different Palm for our North facing Conservatory when built!
Bought the next to largest Kentia Palm, fantastic large palm that looks fantastic in our lounge. Arrived within a couple of days, was very well wrapped and watered. Completely free from any transit damage and in a very healthy condition. I would highly recommend this company as they are obviously the experts in their field.
I was hesitant in placing an online order for a live plant as you never know what you will get. I was very wrong. I ordered 2 Kentia Palm 170-190 cm on Saturday evening. By Wednesday two beautiful and very healthy plants were delivered in my flat from The Palm Centre. I am very impressed of the excellent packing, the high level quality of the plants, and the professional and very quick response to delivery my order. I recommend The Palm Centre, and I will definitely purchase plants from this store again.
This really is an excellent company with a very professional approach to customer service as well as excellent products. I came across them by accident and was initially worried about ordering a number of big plants to be delivered but I've now ordered a number for various properties (I run a letting agency in Edinburgh so often need to furnish flats) and every time I'm yet again impressed. I'll continue to order from this company.
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm This magnificent thatch palm arrived in perfect condition. It had been so well wrapped and cared for that it came out of the wrapping without losing a leaf or any soil! It is a real bargain! I ordered HFO-10 which was on sale for Â£59.95. I only wish I had a bigger room so that I could order another one! I will definitely be buying from the Palm Centre again and would recommend them to anyone wanting a perfect palm!