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How to Fertilize a Pindo Palm

By Elizabeth Knoll ; Updated September 21, 2017
Pindo palm closeup
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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.

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.

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

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.

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 Will Need

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


  • Spread a 2- to 3-inch thick layer of wood mulch under the pindo palm. Extend the mulch from the trunk to the edge of the tree's canopy.
  • Find a fertilizer that is rich with micronutrients if possible. Look for iron sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate or zinc sulfate. These will promote lush, green palm fronds.
  • Do not fertilize a pindo palm when the ground is dry. Doing this is the quickest way to achieve palm frond burn and possible death.
  • Do not use a cheap lawn fertilizer to fertilize your pindo palm. These are prone to burning your pindo palm's fronds and these fertilizers do not have the required amount of phosphorous or potassium in them.