This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

May 11, 2014

A cache pot for a Kentia palm

I invested in a new cache pot for the Kentia palm yesterday. It's an urn style, made of plastic, which I got at Target, and I am hoping that it will take the plant *to the next level*. By the way, a *cache pot* just means a decorative pot that surrounds the actual pot that the plant is in. I've had this tree for a little over a year now, and it's still in its original pot, as specified by  Kentia palm expert +Kevin Williams , but I figure that in a year or so I'll actually need to repot it, and this larger cache pot will easily accommodate that. I'll see what Kevin says.

In addition to putting it in its new home, I did some major surgery. I cut off the longest branch and the plant will look a bit lop-sided until that new spear (you can see it on the left) starts to fill out. It will!

Inside of the pot are a couple of big pieces of flagstone, which I used to lift the plant up to its proper height and to insure that the trunk was straight. This plant originally shared its pot with two other plants, so the trunk is actually leaning in the pot, so I did a little bit of angle work to make it look like it's growing straight. That seems to be looking good.

I've have had this plant out on the patio for several weeks now, and with the hot weather approaching quickly, it was definitely time to move it back inside. I gave it a nice drink of water that included Super Thrive, so now all I can do is wait for it to start growing again.

I'm sure that Macintosh, the good little wiener dog, is glad to have her palm tree back!
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