How to keep your Kentia Palm alive

Botanical name:
Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'

What to look for across the season


In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Howea.

Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.


In winter, move the Howea away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

It's a good idea to place your Howea in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth. If it's not growing very much it could be a sign your plant needs more light.

What The Plant Needs


Your Howea will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

Keep them out of midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves.


Check the top inch or two of soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water!

If it's still a little damp, leave it a few more days. Give the soil a good soak, ideally from underneath the pot.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as Howeamight need a little more water than in the cold winter months.


Howea will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Howea is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your plants.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.