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Background: My SO and I got this ~4 ft kentia palm about 2 months ago. Our cat chewed it up a bit at first, but we put it on a table so she couldn’t get to it anymore.

The palm is about 2 feet away from a west-facing window, but we do not get much direct sunlight through it due to other buildings surrounding ours. We open our curtains during the day to allow more light in.

We’ve been watering the palm once a week until the first 1-2 inches of soil feel wet. Our apartment has been around 70 degrees most days, maybe a bit colder at night (we live in Los Angeles with no AC).

Several of the leaves are starting to turn brown and wilt, and others have holes in them and are starting to fray at the top (some of this could be due to our cat). I also noticed some brown spots on the bottom of some of the leaves and also some lighter yellow spots on one of them.

Any insight into what’s going wrong and what we could do differently would be greatly appreciated!

  • Are there any bugs or spiderweb pieces on the undersides of leaves? – Daria Mar 19 at 0:59

If there are no visible bugs, it could be a combination of light deficiency/stress/watering issues. (It happens a lot to indoor plants in winter)

Ensure, that soil gets dry between watering. Just cut bad leaves and try to find as much sun as possible. Spring and sun should heal it.

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