The Howea Forsteriana or more commonly known as the Kentia or Thatch Palm is a relatively slow growing palm eventually reaching up to 10m in height with 3m fronds. This size makes a perfect addition to any home offering longevity over the years before you need to think about repotting it. They are one of the best at re-moving air toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from the air, this makes it an ideal home and office plant. It is native to Lord Howe Island in Australia. Light and Water The plants are quite forgiving and tolerant of low light conditions but do prefer an area that receives indirect light indoors. Good locations are living rooms, bright corridors or offices near but not in front of windows as direct sunlight can be harsh on the plants. You can also choose to keep your plant outdoors during the warmer months in a somewhat shaded location. Kentia palm plants are fairly drought tolerant, although they do not like to be overly dry, or for that matter overly wet. Water only when the top inch or so (2.5 cm.) of soil starts to dry out. Mist indoor Kentia palm occasionally to provide some humidity and to remove any dust build-up. Palms, in general, require minimal pruning. Over pruning may cause irreversible damage to the trunk. You should, however, remove old leaf bases by gently pulling; do not force them off, which can cause permanent scarring or open up injury for trunk rot disease.