The Kentia palm originates from the Lord Howe Islands in the Pacific Ocean, off eastern Australia. It is a tolerant plant, which seems to thrive in a wide range of indoor conditions, and makes a very attractive specimen, particularly as it grows taller, but it does need plenty of room to grow well. The graceful, dark green foliage, borne on tall, straight leafstalks, is almost flat in appearance, with the many long leaflets drooping only slightly on each side of the raised midrib.
Size: Height 8 ft. (2.5 m).
Light: Any, except deep shade.
Temperature: Normal room; winter minimum 55°F (12°C).
Moisture: Keep soil thoroughly moist from spring to fall. During the winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil from drying out.
Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer once a month from spring to fall.
Propagation: Sow fresh seed (rarely produced on indoor plants) at a temperature of 80°F (25°C).
Special needs: Wipe the leaves periodically with tepid water to remove build-up of dust.