Plant Of The Month – August – Kentia Palm
Kentia Palms are one of the better of the indoor plants to remove toxins from the air.
Kentia Palms have feathery fronds on long smooth stalks, they are a very elegant and graceful plant.
Howeas are native to Australia’s very own Lord Howe Island. The Kentia Palm is commonly referred to as the Thatch Palm on Lord Howe Island because it’s fronds are used to produce thatch.
Kentia Palms (Howea Forsteriana) were named after Johann Reinhold Forster and Georg Forster, a father and son duo of naturalists who sailed on Cook’s second voyage to the pacific. After Joseph Banks withdrew from the expedition the Forsters got the opportunity to sail with Captain Cook.
Kentia Palms tolerate low light and are the perfect indoor plant! They should not be in bright outdoor sunlight unless they are sun-hardened.
Kentia Palms are very versatile and can be supplied in many different sizes.
Kentia Palm Trivia
The Kentia Palm was used during the Victorian Era to decorate parlours
Kentias are one of Australia’s exporting successes. We have been exporting these delightful plants to Europe since the early 1800’s, despite them starting to grow their own in 1850 they still buy from Australia.