Kentia Palms and yellow leaves
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We love it for the effortless tropical vibe it creates, striking beauty, and easy going attitude. We get bummed with its leaning branches and yellowing leaves. Discoloring fronds won't change back to green so you'll have to trim them off, but here are adjustments you can make to keep your palm lush and green.
Yellowing spots are a result of stagnant moisture in the soil, typically due to watering too much. Try drying out the soil completely before the next watering - this could take a few weeks. If the yellowing continues, root rot may have set in. Offer your Kentia a soil change and trim damaged dark and soft roots. Healthy roots will be white and firm.
Browning tips are typically caused by under watering or over fertilizing. Water when the top 2 inches of the soil are dry and add misting to your routine. Kentias are slow growers and don't require much fertilizer. Skip it completely or add a diluted dose to your watering during the summer. Trim the brown tips and reshape into pointed edges that match the natural curve of the overall frond.
Leaning branches are common for Kentias as the fronds can get top heavy. Stake or loosely tie the branch back into place, and make sure to rotate your plant regularly for even growth on all sides.