The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Howea

Family: Palmae.

Howea forsterina (Kentia forsteriana) Common name(s): Sentry palm
Howea Genus 2 species of single-stemmed palms found usually on basalt soils, on Lord Howe Island, Australia. The Howea (Kentia) Palms are the traditional Palm Court plants which grow up to 8 ft tall. Two of the most satisfactory species for indoor use are Howea belmoreana and Howea forsteriana. Both are commonly listed as Kentia. Belmoreana is more erect in growth than forsteriana, although both grow from one central stem or trunk.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Misting is necessary. Sow seed at 79 F (26 C) as soon as ripe.

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