Pindo, also known as Butia capitata, is a variety of a palm tree common in parking lot islands and roadsides in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10. Pindo palm is a slow-growing tree that is grown as both an ornamental tree and as an edible food source. In fact, pindo palm is also called a jelly palm because its yellow fruits are used to make jelly. The fruits also are used to make wine.
Select a location that is in full sun or partial shade. Pindo palms are suited for small spaces and because they only grow to be about 20 feet tall, they usually can be planted under electrical lines. Pindo palms spread about 15 feet wide when mature.
Improve the soil’s drainage, if necessary. Pindo palms can tolerate most soil conditions, but they need well-draining soil. To test your soil, dig a hole 2 feet deep and fill it with water. If after 24 hours water remains, the soil is not well-draining. To remedy this, continue to dig the hole so it is about twice as deep and wide as the pindo palm’s current container. Mix in 25 percent more organic matter, such as compost, peat moss or sand.
Backfill the hole with the newly amended soil until the hole is as deep as the pindo palm’s current container.
Take the tree out of the container and place it in the hole. Be sure the trunk is straight. You may need a second person to hold the tree or determine if the trunk is straight.
Backfill the amended soil and pack the soil down firmly so there are no air pockets.
Fertilize the soil with a palm fertilizer. Use 1 to 2 pounds and spread it evenly around the base of the tree with your hands while wearing gloves. Plan to fertilize every two to three months on a regular schedule.
water the tree with several inches of water. Water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
Cover under the entire canopy of the tree with 2 to 3 inches of mulch, such as bark or wood chips. This will help retain water, maintain soil temperature and prevent weed growth.