He appreciates moist air to keep his fronds fresh. That’s easily done by misting him a couple of times a week.
Watering about once a week in warm months is fine; fortnightly in winter. Whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry.
This tropical guy will be happy in most rooms that get good light during the day. Try to keep him out of direct sun.
Big Ken likes his space, so it’s best to put him in a spot where he won’t be brushed against a lot. Let’s respect his boundaries.
Kentia palm; Thatch palm; Paradise palm plant
Plant height (including pot)
90-100cm; 120-130cm; 140-150cm; 190-200cm
Nursery pot size
19cm; 21cm; 24cm; 27cm
About Kentia palms
Our Big Ken the Kentia palm hails from Southern Australia, where you’ll find them shading locals from the hot sun. It was the Victorians who made them popular in the UK, bringing them over to add an exotic touch to their homes.
Kentia palms are greatair purifiers. They’ve been found to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted from synthetic furniture and building materials.
It’s natural to think that because Kentia palms are from a hot country they crave baking sun and heat, but go easy. Bright, indirect light is best, so not in front of a window. Keep them away from radiators. A monthly feed from April to September will do them good, but dilute it to half strength as they’re not big eaters.
Did you know?
Queen Victoria loved Kentia palms. She had them in all her homes and left instructions for them to be planted around her coffin when she died. If they’re good enough for royalty…
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