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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
flat palm Forster sentry palm
Kentia palm paradise palm sentry palm thatch-leaf palm
Howea are evergreen palms with solitary stems bearing large, long-stalked, pinnate leaves composed of linear segments; with small star-shaped flowers borne in pendulous axillary clusters of spikes, followed by small oval fruits
H. forsteriana is a single-stemmed evergreen palm to 2m in height, with dark green leaves to 1.5m in length, pinnately divided into several narrow segments. Flowers seldom produced under glass
Lord Howe Is., Australia
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing
Time to ultimate height
Grow under glass in a loam-based compost with equal parts added of composted bark and leaf mould, in bright light but with protection from the sun. Water moderately and provide moderate humidity when in growth and apply a liquid fertiliser monthly during the summer. Water sparingly in winter
Propagate by seed sown at not less than 19ºC
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Architectural Patio & Container Plants
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Can get glasshouse red spider mite, thrips and scale insects under glass
Generally disease free
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