April 4, 2014
Behind the scenes of caring for a Kentia Palm
Today I am doing a couple of simple *houseplant* things that you probably saw your grandmother do. That is, I'm airing a houseplant, and I am rinsing out the salt from the soil.
It's a beautiful day here in Glendale, not too hot, not too cold, and a bit of cloud cover, so it's a perfect day for airing out a Kentia Palm. So, the first step was to get it safely outside and removed from the cache pot. What you are seeing in the photo is the original pot that the plant came in. I was told by Kentia Palm expert +Kevin Williams of Elegant Kentias that these plants like to have their roots a little crowded, so I have left it in the pot. I have already transplanted two plants out of this pot, so it should still have plenty of room for several seasons.
It's not a windy day, but this is a top-heavy plant, so I have it tucked up against a corner. It's early afternoon and this is an eastern exposure, so it won't get hit by any direct sunlight until morning. So I can leave it out all night.
The weather is mild and overnight lows aren't too low, so I may leave it out for a couple of days, and then back it goes into the house!
Posted by Brad Hall