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Kentia Palm Care Guide

Congrats! You just received your new plant! Now what?

1. Getting started with your Kentia Palm

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Where to place your Kentia Palm

Place it somewhere bright but never under direct sunlight

If your plant is casting a sharp & defined shadow, the light is too hard. We're looking for a shadow that's soft and blurred. Harsh sunlight can fade away its colour and scorch its foliage

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Potting your Kentia Palm

Leave it in its nursery pot
Your plant is comfy in its nursery pot. It's best to let it acclimate to the lighting, temperature, and humidity in its new home for at least 2 weeks before repotting it

Pro tip: if you purchased a planter with your plant, you can simply place the nursery pot in that planter

2. Continually caring for your Kentia Palm

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Watering your Kentia Palm

Water when the top of the soil feels dry
Like most palms, Kentia palms love moist soil. To check if your palm is ready to be watered, simply touch the soil with your fingertip. If the surface of the soil feels:
1) Dry: your plant needs a watering
2) Damp/wet: your plant doesn't need a watering

Rule of thumb: expect to water your plant every 1-2 weeks, and more often with more light. Having said that, soil moisture should be your primary indicator for when you should water your plant, as the time may vary

When watering, gently pour until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom and discard any excess water. Remember, never use cold water as this will shock your plant's roots

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Finding your Kentia Palm's favorite temperature

Like most houseplants, Kentia Palms are happiest between 18°C-30°C

Plant preparing for repotting with bag of soil

Repotting your Kentia Palm

When placed until bright indirect light, and care for well, Kentia Palms will grow quite large and will need to be repotted up to once a year, to accommodate that growth

When it's time, remember that Kentia Palms like soil with a lot of aeration (because they don't retain as much water/moisture). When your plant is ready for repotting, use a well-drained potting mix that includes ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks

Transfer your Kentia Palm into a pot that's a about 1-2 inches in diameters larger than its current one to give it ample room to grow

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Cleaning/pruning your Kentia Palm

Though tedious, gently wiping your Kentia Palm free of dust with a damp rag once in a while will help it soak light and breathe through the little pores on its leaves (stomata)

Some common problems with Kentia Palms

1. Brown & moist tips

Usually caused by overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out sufficiently (could take 2-3 weeks) before rewatering again

2. Brown & crispy tips

Usually a sign of underwatering and too much light exposure, scorching the leaves. Try moving it further away from the window and reducing your water frequency

3. Whole frond is turning yellow

Usually caused by overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out sufficiently (could take 2-3 weeks) before rewatering again

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