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”.

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