Kentia palm - Plant
Description for Kentia palm
Umbrella palm is a plant which belongs to the Cyperus genus. The umbrella plant is a sedge and a member of the ancient papyrus family.
It is an ornamental / grass that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.
Umbrella palm is known for growing to a height of approximately 5.94 feet (that s 1.83 metres in metric). Madagascar is believed to be where Umbrella palm originates from.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Kentia palm, Sentry palm, Thatch palm, Paradise palm||NA||NA||6 to 7 feet||Moderately easy|
Planting and care
|Palm s prefer partial shade (or partial with some sunlight), as they are more than happy in low-light conditions.||Loamy soil/ Sandy soil/ Soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season,||They can handle a winter rest in cooler conditions, not less than 50 F. (10 C.). They do tolerate central heating.||Feed your palm regularly during the growing season. If possible, use a palm fertilizer, which will contain all the micro nutrients and extra potassium and manganese. Potassium deficiency is especially common in palmsâ€”it shows up in yellowing or brownish fronds.|
Caring for Kentia palm
- Palms grow best when you let their roots fill the pot.
They need soil-based potting compost and should not be repotted unnecessarily.
They are sensitive to chemicals and will be damaged if you expose them to aerosol sprays.
If you need to treat them with insecticides, be sure what you use is suitable for a palm.
Typical uses of Kentia palm
Special features: Palms tend to lend themselves to creating shadows and reflections. You can stand a palm in an alcove that is lined with a mirror and create stunning effects. If you put one on each side of a fireplace, itâ€™s even doubly stunning. The shadows cast by the palmâ€™s fronds can pattern a plain wall. Spotlights can create good strong light for bold shadows. These are quite dramatic. Donâ€™t position spotlights too closely because this generates too much heat for the palm to withstand. Finally, lighting the plant from below can cast shadows onto opposite walls and even the ceiling.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: NA
Medicinal use: NA
- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/palms/growing-palms-indoors.htm http://houseplants.about.com/od/pickingahouseplan1/a/PalmBasics.htm