Howea belmoreana

Sentry Palm

The sentry palm plant is a similar tree when comparing it with the kentia. The scientific name is Howea Belmoreana and it's also known as the curly palm.

There are some difference’s and similarities between this plant and the kentia. The fronds arch over more on the H.belmoreana (similar wide leaflets though) and grows slower (see description below).


Comparing the sentry with the kentia palm (Howea forsteriana): This palm (Howea) is much more of a slow growing plant than the kentia, and is a lot less popular for growing indoors (see more about the kentia here). The main difference in appearance is the sentry fronds arch over more.

Where they are cultivated: The sentry is native to Lord Howe Island (Australia) and cultivated there. The seeds are also sent to and cultivated in other countries including, the Hawaiian Islands.

How it looks and displaying: This is a feather type palm that displays wide fronds, not as wide as the coconut palm but wider than the parlor (parlor is the most popular). Because the fronds grow wide and the tree can grow well over 8ft tall - a suitable displaying space is required, such as a hallway or hotel entrance. Like most palms in the right setting this looks fantastic.


Origin: Lord Howe Island (Australia - New South Wales State)
Names: Sentry, belmore sentry, and curly palm (common). Howea belmoreana (botanical/scientific).
Max Growth (approx): Height 10ft (much more in the wild).
Poisonous for pets: Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Picture of Howea Belmoreana palm

Sentry Palm Care

Temperature: Room temperatures of around 65°f / 16°c --- 75°f / 24°c are ideal. The temperature should not decline lower than 55°f / 12.7°c.
Light: Indirect light is advisable, but not direct sunlight.
Watering: Water when the soil begins to lose its moisture and use a good drainage pot for the plant to grow in.
Soil: A fast draining soil mix is best to use which is likely to be part sand and/or perlite for easier drainage.
Re-Potting: The best practice is to re-pot only when it has become pot bound. This is because the Sentry palm does not like to be disturbed too often. Also take good care of the roots, whilst doing so.
Fertilizer: Fertilizing every month from spring to summer is appropriate with a general or (if available) palm fertilizer.
Humidity: They do grow well in quite humid conditions because it is humid in their own natural habitat.
Propagation: These are Propagated by seed at 80°f / 26.6°c which is not appropriate for the average grower to propagate.

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