Grow putka pods by planting a glochidion ferdinandi tree, also known as a cheese tree, as putka pods are the dried fruit of the cheese tree. To grow this rainforest tree, you need a suitable location, fertilizer, mulch and pruning shears.
- Choose a suitable location
Plant a cheese tree in either sun or shade, as long as it gets plenty of moisture and is not exposed to heavy winds or extremes of temperature. Place the tree in an area that gets plenty of sunlight if growing it indoors. The tree thrives in many types of soil, from clay to sandy. In the absence of larger trees, use a cheese tree to shade slower-growing plants in a garden.
- Plant the tree
Plant cheese trees either from seeds, which germinate in one to four months, or from cuttings, which easily establish themselves.
- Water and fertilize the tree
Give cheese trees abundant water when they are young. When they are established, give them enough water to keep the soil moist. Fertilize the tree regularly. Surround the tree with a surface layer of mulch several inches deep to inhibit weed growth and keep the soil moist and cool.
- Prune the tree
A cheese tree grows rapidly to a height of 25 to 100 feet. Prune it as needed to shape it and limit its height.