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Pindo Palms

I have never considered adding a pindo palm to my landscape because of the heavy clay that I live (and garden) in.    But Alvin’s latest “freeze fix” has me reconsidering.

One of Alvin’s friends, who had suffered suffered freeze damage a few years ago, asked about some cold-hardy alternatives.

Pindo Palm

He said PINDO – and she kicked it up a notch with an incredible pot!     This combo has me strolling through my yard looking for a plain spot that could use a gorgeous focal point.

Pindo Palm Facts

The Pindo Palm or Butia capitata grows natively in Brazil and Uruaguay.   Its mature height is 20 – 25 feet tall.    This slow grower is a water-wise (i.e. doesn’t need alot) plant.   It also has a high salt tolerance, making it a great choice for coastal areas.

Pindo Dis-likes

There are just two things that a Pindo Palm does NOT like:

  1. Heavy clay soil
  2. Having wet “feet”

A pindo palm finds both of the above conditions completely intolerable!   The clay ties up nitrogen particles causing a plant to look yellow and sickly.   Having continually wet roots (or “feet”) has the very same effect. If you have these conditions, consider planting your pindo in a container, planting it on a berm, and definitely amend, amend, amend, your clay soil.

Want to Know More?

For more information, click here for a downloadable pindo information sheet.

Mary Beth

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