Gardening

L’howea, a palm tree that comes from afar


Curious plant than howea, present in many interiors but growing in the wild only on one island ...

In summary, what you need to know:

Type : Houseplant
Height : 1 to 2 m indoors
Exposure : light without direct sunlight indoors

Foliage : Persistent
Interview : Easy
Diseases : Red spider

With its large green leaves all year round, howea (or kentia) seduces with its exotic appearance and its robustness.

Lack of water or light, excessive heating: this palm survives the neglect of its owners, used by its natural habitat to grow in extreme conditions, between storms, tropical showers and drought.

Howea: a distant origin

The Howea comes from a tiny island, Lord Howe Island, located 500 km east of Australia. This constitutes its only natural habitat. Like all the islands in the region, it is threatened by rising sea levels. The Showea has been present there for two million years, and takes the form of a tall palm tree.

Each interior howea therefore descends from a tree on the island. These are usually several seedlings gathered in one pot to make a larger plant. The showea, which grows in height, takes up little space in width. Under good conditions, it can reach two - even three - meters in height.

Howea maintenance

To keep your palm tree green, install it in a bright place without direct sunlight. It supports light shade, which makes it suitable for relatively dark rooms.

Every week, immerse his pot in lukewarm water, then drain well. During rest period, water every 10 days.

If the tips of leaves are dry and turn yellow, your howea needs water. If they brunissent is that it is in the wrong place: it lacks space or is too often brushed against.

Dust it from time to time with a damp cloth or by taking it out in the rain.

Repot every two years. If the pot is large enough, you can make do with just adding topsoil.

Do not hesitate to place several side by side, in the living room near the sofa for example, to create a mini jungle whose view will be conducive to escape.

Smart tip about Howea

In winter, reduce watering so as to let the soil dry out between two waterings.


Laure Hamann

Visual credit: OHF

Video: Plantz Profile Kentia Palm (October 2020).