How to Fertilize a Pindo Palm


If you've ever been to the southern United States, you've probably seen yards full of graceful palm trees. One of these palm trees is the pindo palm, also known as Butia capitata. The pindo palm is known for its long, graceful and feathery leaves and stout, thick trunk. It's important to properly fertilize a pindo palm to ensure healthy growth. Palms are particularly easy to fertilize because their root system is much smaller than those of other woody trees.

Step 1

Purchase a fertilizer that has a ratio similar to 3:1:3 for nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Using a 15:5:15 ratio fertilizer would be ideal.

Step 2

Water the soil thoroughly before applying the fertilizer. You want a moist, but not waterlogged, soil.

Step 3

Apply the fertilizer as per the bag's instructions. Mix it into the soil with a good raking if possible. Water the fertilizer into the soil. Water until the soil is moist, but don't water too much or the fertilizer will run off.

Step 4

Reapply the fertilizer every two to three months during the growing season. Withhold fertilizing during the cooler winter months when the pindo palm isn't growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Palm fertilizer
  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Wood mulch


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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.