Frequently asked questions

How much darkness can the plant tolerate?

- The Howea Palm is a shade-loving plant that needs only little light. The plant does not tolerate direct sunlight.

What will happen if a Howea Palm should nevertheless be placed in sunshine?

- The leaves will then lose their dark gloss and turn pale. They may even wither. Keep the plant away from direct sunlight to ensure that its leaves retain their dark colour.

How often should I water my plant?

- The main thing is to ensure that the root ball never dries out. The plant naturally produces few roots, which is why it is so important for the root ball to remain moist. But make sure that the roots are not continuously submerged either if your palm was planted directly in a pot. A hydrometer will then help you determine whether your palm needs watering.

The young leaves look rather strange. Is that normal?

- The young leaves grow from the heart of the plant like ‘spears’. Those spears will gradually thicken and eventually unfold into a new leaf. The tip of the spear will hold the tips of the leaves together for a long time. Because of this, the leaf will initially look misshapen, but it will gradually grow into a properly shaped leaf.

What does it mean when the plant produces a reddish brown leaf?

- This is a natural variation in the species’ genetics. The reddish brown colour will disappear after some time.

I see a leaf with some rusty brown spots. What’s that?

- This is also a natural variation in the species’ genetics. If you find the leaf ugly, just cut it off.

To what diseases is the plant susceptible and how can I prevent them?

- Leaves may turn brown as a result of careless watering. Make sure that the soil does not dry out, and that the plant is not standing in water either.

What is the best temperature for my Howea Palm?

- Your palm will be happiest at a room temperature between 20 oC and 25 oC, but it tolerates temperatures between 10 oC and 35 oC.

How much fertilizer should I give my plant?

- The plant requires only little fertilization because it grows very slowly. As a rule of thumb, it will be enough for you to fertilize your palm once every  season. The plant will more likely get too much fertilizer than too little. If you place your palm in a dark spot it will need less fertilizer.

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