Early Production of Kentia Palms in Wyncote,Pennsylvania. USA.

Back in the late 1800’s Joseph Heacock started a palm growing business in Wyncote, Pennsylvania and began importing Kentia Forsteriana and Belmoerana seed from Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific to germinate at his greenhouse facilities.
Joseph’s vision was that Kentia seed germinated at his glasshouse greenhouses would produce a much heartier, finished saleable product compared to the quality that was being imported from Europe.
Kentia and other plants imported from Europe had to survive the long journey across the ocean, packed in tight boxes, piled in a hold on the ship without light, ventilation or moisture and, when they arrived in the USA their vitality was so impaired that a majority of the plants weren’t fit for high class trade or decorations.
Joseph’s vision proved very profitable. In the early 1900’s his company increased the spacing of his greenhouses so additional space would be devoted to growing more Kentias. He had received many favorable comments from customers and competent plant judges that they had never seen a finer specimen of Kentias than those found at Wyncote.
The location of his greenhouses was ideal for shipping his quality Kentia Palm product. At Wyncote they had access to the Philadelphia and Reading railway with direct connections to all main points. From Philadelphia they could ship by water: direct steamers to New York, Boston, the South and Southwest providing efficient service.
Joseph’s business motto for his Kentias was “quality first, last and always”.

When does a Kentia Palm tree start producing viable seed.

It usually takes about twelve to fifteen years for a Kentia Palm tree to produce its first crop of seed. They will continue to produce viable seed for many years as the tree ages. Kentia Palm trees on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island that are in excess of eighty years old still produce viable seed. However those trees that are growing in the wild on Lord Howe Island usually only have a sparse amount of seed on it prior to picking. This can be caused by age, and the lack of care maintenance, or the attack by rats to eat the seed.
On Norfolk Island where the trees are cultivated and carefully maintained, they can still produce a large quantity of seed each year for picking even if the tree is over eighty years old.
Here are some pictures of some aged Kentia palm trees on Norfolk Island.

Kentia Palms in a Moscow Restaurant.

Kentia Palms that are grown in the Netherlands are shipped all over Europe. Their upright appearance, created by being produced in enclosed greenhouses, are popular for display in mid size living and eating areas.
In Moscow there is an exclusive restaurant called Selfie, and they have used beautiful Kentia Palms to enhance the d├ęcor of their establishment. 
The upright style of European Kentias are ideal for such a dining setting as Selfie.

Kentia Palms and their Mystic.

It has been quite awhile since I’ve visited Norfolk Island or Lord Howe Island, two of my most favorite places in the world. However the many fond memories I have of those two Islands are always reinforced when I see beautiful Kentia Palms.
Looking at Kentias in present day home decor or old Victorian time settings remind me of the history associated with these majestic Palms. In the foliage world they have remained the number one indoor Palm for almost 150 years. Their history is directly linked to those two beautiful Islands in the South Pacific.
If you have a potted Kentia Palm in your home, and if it could talk it would tell you some fascinating stories about its development since its discovery in the 1800’s! I’m constantly gazing at my Kentia Palm in our home and relive its history in my mind.
I would definitely enjoy having a setting like this modern day picture with those four beautiful single potted Kentias.

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Why you should have a Kentia Palm in your home.

Ok honestly when was the last time you sincerely thanked your interior plants for all the hard work they are performing on your behalf 24 hours a day. Never? Well here is a good reason to think again before dismissing  the thought that others will think you are crazy for talking to your plants.
Are you aware the interior air you are breathing daily is 2-5 times more polluted than the air you are breathing outside? The statistic comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. Since the majority of us spend more time inside than outside that is not doing your body any good. 
Indoor-air-pollutants come in two primary forms: particle pollution, such as dust, pollen, animal dander and smoke, and gaseous pollutants such as VOCs ( Volatile Organic Compounds ) that are emitted from sources such as building materials, dry-cleaned clothing and aerosol sprays. You are constantly breathing in common toxins.
Houseplants, especially a beautiful potted Kentia Palm, clean the air, researchers say, primarily by absorbing pollution through small leaf pores called stomata, and via microorganisms living in potting soil or medium that metabolize contaminants. Scientists believe plants can begin removing pollution the moment they are placed in a room and can be particularly useful in spaces where there is little ventilation.
So if you don’t have an indoor plant or a potted Kentia Palm go get one. Give them some water regularly, a nice little shower occasionally to dust them off, and maybe some granule fertilizer too, and more importantly keep interacting with them.
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(Article courtesy of Personal Plant Service )