How to Care for a Pindo Palm


The pindo palm is a slow-growing palm tree with draping leaves. Pindo palm produces 3- to 4-foot-long flower clusters, which are yellow to red. These flowers produce a sweet, edible fruit. The pindo palm has a high tolerance to high temperature, and will survive in freezing temperature. Palms do not require a great amount of care, although regular watering and fertilizer application in the spring is highly recommended to help fruit production and keep the plant green during drought.

Step 1

Cut away any trees or other plants that completely shade the pindo palm, which does best in sunny or partially shaded areas.

Step 2

Water the palm when the top few inches of soil become dry, applying enough water that the soil is moist to 12 inches deep, using a shovel to check the soil is moistened to the right depth.

Step 3

Apply a palm-specialized fertilizer, with high nitrogen, potassium and magnesium, following the packaging labels. Apply minor element fertilizer six times a year, 1 to 2 lbs. of fertilizer every two months.

Step 4

Remove old, dead leaves that have turned yellow or brown. Pindo palms do not discard old leaves and require regular pruning.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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