Kentia Palm Trees

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  1. White Spots on Howea Forsteriana
  2. Cold Damage to Palms
  3. Indoors vs Outdoors
  4. Kentia Palm Appears to Be Dying
  5. Kentia Overfeeding
  6. Kentia Palm – Fronds Do Not Open
  7. Leaves going wrinkly and some brown
Asked by Anonymous on January 16, 2011
White Spots on Howea Forsteriana

I have white spots that can be rubbed off with a fingernail on my indoor Kentia palm. Any ideas?

Asked by Anonymous on April 4, 2011
Cold Damage to Palms

I have three palm trees which sustained damage because of an extemely cold winter in the South. The Kentia palm stalk is green at the bottom, but the fronds are brown (but not stiff). Do I need to prune or cut back to help with growth, and if so, how? Also, I have A Majestic palm and Pigmy palm in similar situations. Do I prune or cut these as well, and if so, how far down?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on April 27, 2011
Indoors vs Outdoors

Can a Kentia palm live outdoors in southern California with shady, indirect sun?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These trees are hardy to 25F, so as long as it does not get colder than that where you live, it can grow outdoors year round. It can tolerate partial shade, so as long as the indirect light was pretty constant through the day, that should be the equivalent of partial shade and the tree will be fine.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 26, 2011
Kentia Palm Appears to Be Dying

I have a Kentia palm that is sick and appears to be dying. It is planted close to another Kentia, which is thriving, and both are treated the same. The one in question was by far the largest, but now it is not. Any suggestions?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would consider two possibilities. The first is that the larger palm has pests that are hurting the tree. Check the plant closely. Scale is a common pest forpalms, but it could be something else. I would even say go ahead and treat the palm with neem oil as it will not hurt and will kill any pests that you may have missed.

The other is that the tree may be dying from old age. Do you know how old it is? Trees, like all living things, have a lifespan and it may be that this one has reached its end.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 8, 2011
Kentia Overfeeding

I have overfed my Kentia palms. The older leaves are burning very fast and I have cut a good number of them already. I added the palm fertilizer in the soil when I was planting them. Should I take them out and clean them? Or is there another solution to that? Those palms cost me $200 and I really would hate to lose them.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

One of the best ways to remedy this is to simply flush the plant soil with water 2-3 times, allowing it to drain before each time.

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Asked by trish reed on July 8, 2011
Kentia Palm – Fronds Do Not Open

This palm is less than a year old. We had one in the same spot, which was 30 years old or more. We chopped it down because the fronds were not growing.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is normally an indicator that the plant is not getting enough humidity. Try raising the humidity in the area some by spraying down the leaves in the morning a few times a week.

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Asked by Vince999 on September 3, 2011
Leaves Going Wrinkly and Some Brown

We purchased a Howea Fosteriana Kentia Palm from Ikea, and since re-potting it, some leaves have gone brown and others are going wrinkly and dry. It is situated in our hallway, not in direct sunlight, but the hall is bright. When I potted it, I used fish bone meal as a feed for it. Please help.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It may be suffering from transplant shock. Increase water and also give it a little sugar water. In a few days, give it fertilizer at half strength.

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