Lhowea, a palm tree from afar

Curious plant howea present in many domestic but growing in the wild only on one island ...

With its broad green leaves throughout the year, the howea (or kentia) seduced by its exotic appearance and robustness.

Lack of water or light, excessive heating: this palm survives omissions of its owners, used by its natural habitat to grow in extreme conditions between storms, droughts and tropical showers.

In short, that’you should know:

Type : House plant’inside
Height 1 to 2 m in buildings
Exposure : Light without direct sunlight indoors

Foliage : Evergreen
Maintenance : Easy
Diseases : Red Spider

Howea: a distant origin

The howea from a tiny island, Lord Howe Island, 500 km east of Australia. This is its only natural habitat. Like all islands in the region, it is threatened by the rising waters. The howea it has been present for two million years, and takes the form of a tall palm tree.

Each interior howea so down a tree on the island. This is usually more seedlings together in one pot to create a more voluminous plant. The howea, which grows tall, takes up little space in width. Under the right conditions, it can reach two - or three - meters high.

Good treatment of’howea

To keep your green palm, install it in a bright place without direct sun. It supports a light shade, which makes it suitable for relatively dark rooms. Every week, immerse the pot in warm water, then drain well. In a period of rest, water every 10 days.

If the tips of leaves are dry and yellow, is that your howea needs water. If Brunissent, is that it is misplaced: it lack of space or too often grazed. Wipe it occasionally with a damp cloth or leaving it in the rain.

Repot every two years. If the pot is large enough, you can settle for a contribution of surface soil.

Feel free to place multiple side by side in the living room near the sofa, for example, to create a mini jungle whose views will be conducive to the escape.

Laure Hamann

Visual Credit: OHF