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All About the Pindo Palm

All About the Pindo Palm

Palm trees are becoming a popular outdoor addition for many homeowners. After all, who doesn’t want to get away to a tropical paradise every once in a while? There’s hardly a better and less expensive way to escape to the coast than to bring a piece of it home to your property. Pindo palms especially help to capture the essence of the ocean and create a beach retreat for you and your family to enjoy. Even better than the bringing the tropics home is the ease with which you can now do so. Pindo palms require very little maintenance meaning you won’t have to interrupt your relaxing stay-at-home vacation with endless trimming, fertilizing, and pruning.

Pindo palms, also referred to as Jelly Palms, are scientifically known as Butia capitata and are one of the most simple palms to grow on your own property. Native to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, this hardy palm is not actually from North America. However, it is frequently found throughout the coastal areas, the gulf states, and increasingly all across the US. Their expansion is likely due to the Pindo Palm’s ability to withstand some extreme temperatures. The Pindo Palm is known for tolerating cold temperatures of as low as 10 degrees, to the more extreme heats, and even fires. Their thick, heavy body allows them to also cope well with high winds, droughts, and salt.

Planting Your Own Pindo Palm

For those wishing to plant their own Pindo Palms, you are in luck! Whether you have acres to fill, or only a small patio, Pindo Palms are perfectly able to grow in large containers on patios, or can be planted in the ground and allowed to reach their maximum height of almost 20 feet tall. Pindo Palms tend to adapt their full size to their environment, however you’ll want to give it as much room to grow as you can. They grow best in full sun, but will also work well in shadier environments and should be planted during the warmer spring or summer months to allow ample time for them to adjust to their new surroundings. Pindo Palms work best in well-drained, sand or clay soil with an average pH of about 5.5 to 6.5. In order to assist with watering during the first year, as your Pindo Palm adjusts to it’s new soil and environment, it helps to create a berm around your new palm. This can be easily done by shaping the soil around the hole used for planting into a ring about 6 inches high and 8 inches wide. This helps promote healthy root development and conserves water by drawing it outward. You’ll want to begin by watering your Pindo Palm daily so that the soil doesn’t dry out, then slowly taper off after the first couple months. After the adjustment period, you should only need to fertilize it once or twice a year in the warmer months. Keep in mind that if the soil is kept too moist the trunk and roots could begin to rot and cause a number of problems. It will also help to prune your tree by removing any dead or damage foliage since this palm tree doesn’t naturally shed them on it’s own.

The beautiful Pindo Palm features a thick trunk that can reach heights of 12-15 feet on average, and 1 to 1.5 feet around. The leaves can grow from 5-10 feet long, sprouting beautiful shades of pale greens and blues. In addition to it’s spectacular erupting tropical shape, reminiscent of a fireworks explosion, the Pindo also bears delicious fruits known to many South Americans as Pindo Prunes. These are frequently used for making jams and jellies, as well as wine, and the seeds can be roasted to make a drink similar to coffee. However if they’re not picked they can end up dropping and leaving mess and stains on patios and sidewalks. This is something you should bear in mind before deciding on a Pindo Palm because while they are relatively easy to maintain, they do require a bit of clean up to maintain the area surrounding them.

If you’re looking for a tropical paradise close to home, you really needn’t look any further than the Pindo Palm. They are easy to maintain, can withstand a variety of temperatures and climates, produce delicious fruits, and can help you easily achieve an island oasis right in your own back yard.

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