Butia Capitata Nana (Jelly Palm, Pindopalm, Wine Palm)

Butia Capitata Nana Seeds (Jelly Palm Seeds, Pindopalm Seeds, Wine Palm Seeds)

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The palm is monoecious and blooms every year. 1.5 meters long inflorescences grow in between palm leaves and each supports small yellow or red flowers.

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Butia capitata, also called Jelly Palm, Pindopalm or Wine Palm. It is commonly found in the savannas of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Butia capitata can reach 6 meters high, but it’s usually around 4-5 meters high. It also expands to about 4 meters wide. This very decorative palm is the most resistant to cold of all palms. The solitary trunk is very robust, from 30 to 50 cm wide and grey. As the palm gets older, the stamens start to detach from the trunk, giving it a rough feel and a typical look. The palm is monoecious and blooms every year. 1.5 meters long inflorescences grow in between palm leaves and each supports small yellow or red flowers. The foliage is evergreen. It bends greatly from the crown. It is constituted of 20-35 blue-green leaves up to 3 meters long. The sides are stingy. Small round orange fruits come in grapes. They are comestible, juicy and rich in vitamin C. Wine can be made with them. Hardiness zones 8-11 (-10°C/15°F, 5°C/40°F) in winter. Butia capitata is very resistant to cold, wind and occasional light frost. Younger plants can survive temperatures as low as -12°C. Under such cold temperatures, the palm dies. Butia capitata, in its natural habitat, grows in very poor and dry soil. Water needs are low. The palm stocks enough water in its trunk to satisfy most of its needs. A good source of light is required.
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Common name Jelly Palm
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Species Butia capitata
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Therapeutic uses No
Germination First, you can scarify the seeds. Soak seeds in water for 2 days. Use any good garden soil that is well-drained, mixed with sand. Do not over water; once or twice a month will be enough for this palm. Place your plant in mid-sun, mid-shade. Average germination time is 6-10 months, but it could take longer, don’t get discouraged.

Scarification / Stratification Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.

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