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Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

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Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)


The Kentia Palm, also known as Howea forsteriana, is a popular houseplant known for its elegant and graceful appearance.


The Kentia Palm is a beautiful evergreen palm species with long, elegant feathers. The leaves are pinnate and have a dark green color, which gives the plant a lush appearance. The trunk is slender and smooth, so the plant adds a stately and tropical atmosphere to any room.




  • Light: The Kentia Palm thrives in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this can damage the leaves.
  • Water: Allow the top layer of the potting soil to dry between waterings. Water moderately and avoid placing the plant in an environment that is too humid, as this can cause root rot.
  • Temperature: The Kentia Palm likes warm temperatures and does best at room temperatures between 18-24 degrees Celsius.
  • Humidity: Although this palm is fairly tolerant of normal humidity, it will prefer slightly higher humidity. Regular spraying can be helpful, especially in drier environments.
  • Nutrition: Fertilize the Kentia Palm during the growing season (spring and summer) approximately once every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Repotting: Repot the plant every few years in fresh potting soil, preferably in the spring.


These simple care steps will help the Kentia Palm thrive and add a touch of tropical splendor to your indoor space.



About the Botanical Garden Zuidas


The Botanical Garden Zuidas, known before August 2016 as Hortus Botanicus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is a botanical garden in Amsterdam South.


The garden is located between the hospital and the university campus at Van der Boechorststraat number 8. The fence, made by artist Ruud-Jan Kokke, forms the entrance to the garden. The garden is maintained by permanent employees with the help of volunteers.


The garden was originally established in 1967 as a system garden of the Vrije Universiteit, in which the plants were organized by relationship. It was designed by the renowned Amstelveen parks manager C.P. Broerse and consisted of an outdoor area and a greenhouse complex. The outdoor area features a fern garden and a Chinese penjing-style garden. The greenhouse complex includes a tropical greenhouse, currently converted into a winter garden, and a succulent greenhouse.



The Zuidas Botanical Garden manages a number of collections that are registered with the National Plant Collection Foundation (SNP), including the most extensive collection of cacti in the Netherlands, succulents, hardy ferns and orchids. The cactus collection is impressive with genera such as Mammillaria, Opuntia, Copiapoa and Echinopsis side by side in a packed greenhouse. There is also an unheated greenhouse with somewhat hardy cacti. The flowering period starts in May, after they are first watered, until August. Many cacti are protected and threatened with extinction and are therefore on the red list.



The Botanical garden is the only one in the Netherlands to have a collection of penjing and bonsai, a gift from 1982 from the then director of the Floriade. Penjing is a Chinese art form that uses miniature stones and plants to portray nature in a concentrated form. Penjing has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years – at least 800 years before Japan copied the art and gained worldwide fame with bonsai. The bonsai in the Botanical Garden can only be admired in the summer months, when they are placed outside. The penjing stones, modeled after centuries-old traditions, are permanently on display: part of the complex is designed as a Chinese garden.


Welcome to the garden

Over time, the Hortus has become less important from a scientific point of view (for research and education at the Vrije Universiteit). However, the Botanical Garden has not lost its importance as a beautiful attraction. In this green oasis between the hospital and the Free University, you as an employee can escape the hectic pace of everyday life.


The Zuidas Botanical Garden is freely accessible from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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