I would be very grateful for some help with my Kentia (Howea Forsteriana). Some leaves have turned black, as you can see in the pics. The frond that is most affected also has some visible problem on the stalk (also in pics). The plant gets good indirect sunlight (but was in a darker spot for a few weeks after I bought it) and no very cold temperatures or drafts. I don't think it has been seriously overwatered but maybe slightly overwatered on occasion in the past.
I bought it about two months ago and repotted it at that time. I realised later (partly from reading on palmtalk) that the soil I used was probably a bit too heavy for it, and also I'm not sure the pot is suitable (it has taproots and likes to be a bit more potbound). When I read about the soil, I repotted it again about 2 weeks ago with lighter soil. I subsequently read that the plant hates being repotted! Oops. Bit of a learning curve. When I repotted it, I noticed a few dead roots, which I cut with a scissors.
Does the pot look too big? If it is too big should I leave it some time before repotting again or do it now, when it is dormant, in winter (in Dublin, Ireland)? Any thoughts on the black leaves and the stalk rot? The black leaves affects a few fronds including at least one of the young fronds (but most notable on the one photographed, which has the bad stalk). I am thinking of giving it around 200ml every two weeks during winter (I have given it a bit more than that in the past, which maybe contributed to the issues). When watering, should I water from below (but I'm the roots don't reach down to the bottom of the vase)?
Very grateful for any advice!!
Kentia being listed by many sources as one of the 5 best palms for indoors because ease of care etc I was wondering if there are any members on Palmtalk that keep a Kentia palm indoors year around in Northern climates?
I did a search in the "palms in pots" section and read many pages with pictures of Kentia palms succumbing when brought indoors.
Anyone with positive stories? if so, what is the care your Kentia receives, placement, how long have you had etc.
Personally I've been through like 5/6 No direct light, keeping it dry, keeping it damp, RO water, rain water, bottled water....doesn't make a difference.
Looking for seller of smaller (under 3 feet) kentia palms sold bare root only.
Hey everyone, I have a large lot of Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palms) in 5 gallon ($35 and up), 7 gallon ($50 and up), 10 gallon ($60 and up), and 25 gallon ($175 and up). Prices vary from plant to plant depending on size. These have been grown outside and fully acclimated for exterior applications (no greenhouse). The 25 gallon plants are over 15 years old. Pick up only, no shipping available. Text me if interested, my cell is 805-813-3999. Thanks for looking
We have a Kentia that has soil that literally dries out every 2 days. We bottom water to try and have it keep on to SOME moisture, but whenever we probe a day or two after, it is dry to the bone again. It is shedding and yellowing some bottom baby leaves.
I've been made aware it's really not good to repot palms if it can be avoided, so turning to you all for advice here.. should we repot with denser soil? Potting mix 50% and perlite 50%? Or should we not touch it?
Appreciate any advice,