The Butia capitata is a beautiful, arching feather palm which is suited for UK growth. Originating from South America, this palm prefers to be located in full sun and a sheltered position where it will make good growth and colour. Butia capitata can eventually grow to an impressive 5M, with a spread of up to 3m, but at any size the Butia has great architectural presence. The Jelly palm gets it's common name from the fruit it bears, said to be similar to apricot.
Each Butia capitata comes with a copy of our detailed Butia Capitata (Jelly Palm) care notes, you can also view these online. If you would like to buy a pot or planter for your palm tree, we can recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for beautiful terracotta pots.
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Situation Open Close
This palm, like most silvery coloured plants, needs plenty of light to keep it looking good. A warm sheltered site is recommended.
Feeding Open Close
A liquid feed every 2 weeks during the summer growing season will benefit this plant.
Pruning Open Close
Remove any damaged or brown outer fronds, especially in the spring after the winter. Use a pruning saw to take them back to the base. The leaf stalks can be quite brittle so take care not to place the plant in a situation where it will get knocked about.
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A rich, well drained soil is best.
Watering Open Close
Water well during the active growing season.
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None to note when grown outside, indoors can suffer with Red Spider Mite or Scale Insect.
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More mature plants can withstand temperatures down to -10c. Smaller plants may need some winter protection, by moving under cover in a bright spot, of protecting the crown with a thick layer of fleece or hessian. Keep as dry as possible outdoors during winter.