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Howea forsteriana has some common insect problems:
Mealybugs Found on Flowers and Foliage
Howea forsteriana has some common disease problems:
Sooty Molds

Sentry Palm Howea forsteriana

Other Common Name(s):

Description

A popular houseplant in temperate climates, this slow growing palm requires little light. These palms are well suited to containers and have a track record for surviving low light, dust, central heating, rough handling, drought and general neglect. The Kentia Palm may be planted near a sidewalk, house or fence. Due to their large size they make a good focal point in an interior or exterior landscape. Although sometimes sold in groups within one large pot, this is not a "suckering" palm.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#arching#evergreen#sun#small tree#showy berries#houseplant#foliage#specimen#light shade#container plant#interiorscape#part shade
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#arching#evergreen#sun#small tree#showy berries#houseplant#foliage#specimen#light shade#container plant#interiorscape#part shade
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Howea
    Species:
    forsteriana
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Howe Island, near Australia and New Zealand
    Distribution:
    Coastal and low elevations
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is about 3.5 feet long with flowers on 3-7 spikes, fused at their bases. Both male and female flowers are present in the same inflorescence.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are arching, up to 10-12 feet long, with drooping leaflets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Specimen