We all are always proud to say where we come from. Today watching this beautiful palm, I wondered where it came from. Few quick searches helped reveal the beautiful island Howea forsteriana, Kentia came from.
The home of the Kentia palm is a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean halfway between Australia and New Zealand – named Lord Howe Island. Yes, hence the name ‘Howea forsteriana’. The palm is an elegant plant, and is popular for growing indoors, requiring little light. Out of doors, it prefers a tropical region but will also grow in a cooler climate.
Areca Palm, once believed to be an endangered species is now almost everywhere you look. (if you are a keen observer of plants that is ;)).They are not, however, the best palms to grow as houseplants. Main because they need fairly bright light and partly because they are sensitive to the build-up of fertilizer salts. Nevertheless, because of their sheer popularity and relatively low price, they’re still a good short-lived palm for indoor growth.
“Did you know that the indoor environment may be 5 to 7 times more polluted than the exterior?
NASA ranks Areca Palm #1 among the plants for cleaner and fresher air.It is tolerant of the indoor environment, releases copious amounts of moisture into the air, removes chemical toxins, and is also beautiful to look at. The areca is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins tested.
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