Kentia Palm Care.

Kentias prefer indirect sunlight. Although they easily can grow in spaces with less exposure they do require some natural light. Their growth is gradual but if they are in a room with considerable growth their development will be enhanced.
The ideal situation for plants is near a north or east window. A little direct sunlight in winter will not harm the plant, but direct sunlight must be avoided during the hot summer months to prevent sunburned leaves. 
Also avoid exposing the palm to cold drafts or very low temperatures because the leaves may become burned in these conditions. Kentia leaves or fronds are endangered if they touch windows when the temperature is very low. Distancing the pot from air or heating vents will protect the palm from becoming too dry.
Leaf polishing sprays are not needed on Kentia Palms. Some of the ingredients contained in such commercial products are very harmful to Kentias and will damage the leaves.
Like all palms, Kentias can not be pruned from the center. New growth comes from the central spike in the middle of the plants. Their shape and developments do not allow for cutting in the center. However, trimming the tips of the leaflets on the fronds will not damage the tree. Damaged outer fronds may be removed if needed. 
Place Kentias in corners or isolated areas you wish to enhance, or position where they help to screen an unsightly background. Locate palms where they will not be touched or constantly brushed against by individuals in high traffic areas.
Before watering, the surface of the soil should feel dry to the touch. The amount of water and frequency of watering varies according to seasons and conditions such as temperature and humidity.
Potted Kentias may require a leaching of accumulated salts from the pot at least twice a year. This can be achieved by placing the palms outdoors in mild rainy weather or by heavily watering the palms while allowing full drainage.
Kentia Palms will require a fertilizer periodically. Liquid fertilizers work well. A slow dry fertilizer at recommended application rates can also be used. 
Under indoor conditions the leaves of the Kentia Palm will require occasional cleaning of dust. This can be done with a soft cloth and warm water. 

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