Kentia Palm

Happy at home in the subtropics


Care rating Mostly easy with a side of drama
Pot size 20 – 35cm
Height Approximately 60 – 80cm inc. pot

*Please note that measurements are approximate and each plant will vary

How not to kill
Back to the roots

Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. A lover of light and a favourite at Grace & Thorn, palms are the DeLorean time machine of the plant world, transporting us back to colonial eras and glamorous hotels.

The kentia palm is especially reminiscent of times gone by, and is the perfect stand-alone plant for that empty corner you just keep meaning to fill. He’s not the most forgiving of plants, and you might have to pay him a visit with the scissors every now and then to snip off some brown leaves but more often than not they’ll grow back quickly. He’s a good guy to have around as a natural air purifier, so try and find him a home in a room you like to spend a lot of time in.

A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.

Let there be light! A sunny spot is perfect but he’s a sensitive soul, so avoid any direct rays hitting his leaves or they’ll start to burn. If it’s too shady he’ll let you know that he’s not getting enough of that sweet golden glow by reaching out towards the nearest window. Moisture in the air is key, so get that mister out regularly and go to town.

Look out for brown leaves, which are a definite sign of dry air or lack of water. Try and keep the soil consistently moist without becoming soggy. Once a week in the winter and twice in the summer with the occasional bath as a treat is a good rule to follow. Oh, and take ten minutes to wipe him down every so often to get rid of any dust that has settled. A fun little side fact for you; his leaves are segmented like that to catch water and let it drain away.

Our tall houseplant friend isn’t the least bit toxic so those with pets and children don’t need to worry. His leaves won’t taste like piña colada though, so it’s probably best not to have a nibble any time soon.

Native to Lord Howe Island off of the Australian coast, the kentia has been known to grow up to a whopping 40 feet in height. He’s a little slow on the uptake though, so that’ll be a bit of a pipe dream for your indoor pal. Avoid re-potting unless absolutely necessary, and if it has to happen let it be in the spring because his roots are as delicate as his temperament.

We know these big fellas won’t fit through your letter box so until we can work this out, delivery is available in London only.

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