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elsi

I bought Kentia palm in 22cm pot (the photo in a box).  I repotted the Kentia into 33cm pot  as the original pot was broken.

I haven't touch much the root and kept the surrounding old soil.  Only put new soil around it. 

I used Plant mix (Kings House Plant Mix - 10l | Compost and Mixes | Kings)   about 8 litre.  

It has been only one day since repotting.  

I am a bit scared if I used too big pot.  It seems like more pale and yellowish leaves with wet top soil.

How long should I wait to see if the top soil and deep soil dry? 

Should I leave it outside (under the sun with roof) to dry or bring the plant inside? I will use indoor 43cm cache-pot.

And why some leaves are wide and crumpled? 

Should I take the small dry branch at the bottom off? why is it dry? (When I bought this Kentia,  this dry leave were there)

Thanks to help this complete beginner.

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D. Morrowii

The pot size is fine I think but you’ll want to remove that saucer from the bottom so the roots wont rot. The potting soil should drain very quickly and remain moist without being soggy. The pot should have at least one or multiple holes to allow extra water to drain away. You can check for moisture regularly and water as needed 

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PalmsandLiszt

That's really pale for a kentia. Were they all that colour when you bought it?

The dry leaf looks like natural senescence of a very old leaf and nothing to worry about. Anything dry and crispy can be cut off without harming the plant.

Not familiar with your potting mix as I'm on the other side of the world, but I'd amend any general-purpose mix with perlite/pumice/bark chips/etc. as they never seem to be free-draining enough for palm or cycads, whatever they claim.

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On 11/25/2021 at 2:51 PM, D. Morrowii said:

The pot size is fine I think but you’ll want to remove that saucer from the bottom so the roots wont rot. The potting soil should drain very quickly and remain moist without being soggy. The pot should have at least one or multiple holes to allow extra water to drain away. You can check for moisture regularly and water as needed 

Yes, the colour was like when I bought few days ago.  The colour seems a bit pale despite being outdoor in the shop.  

Thank you, PalmsandLiszt.  Next time,  I will remember to mix the potting mix with other stuff for sufficient drainage. 

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elsi
On 11/25/2021 at 2:51 PM, D. Morrowii said:

The pot size is fine I think but you’ll want to remove that saucer from the bottom so the roots wont rot. The potting soil should drain very quickly and remain moist without being soggy. The pot should have at least one or multiple holes to allow extra water to drain away. You can check for moisture regularly and water as needed 

D. Morrowii. Do you think so? Phew... that's a relief. :)

I didn't put the saucer when I was watering and waiting to drain the water out of pot. 

The pot has many holes but the volume of soil seems to keep the moisture long time. 

That makes me to worry. 

Lol...however, I bought a soil moisture tester.  awaiting to be delivered. 

I cannot wait to see if this soils keeps moisture long time.

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Rickybobby

I would have left it in the original pot. Or the same size but decorative. Until the roots bust out they are just fine in smaller pots. Just make sure the soil doesn’t stay soggy. Nice area where do you live??

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piping plovers

I try to pot in a container that is approximately 1 inch larger around the existing rootball.  If you can’t find something immediately then following advice of the other posters here ( fast draining medium, empty the saucer, water when approaching dry) should protect you from root rot in the meantime. Looks like a robust kentia for that size.

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