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How to Grow a Coconut Palm from a Coconut!

How to Grow a Coconut Palm from a Coconut!How to Grow a Coconut Palm from a Coconut!
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This video by TheKiwiGrower is the first in a series of four that will teach you how to grow your own tree from a dehusked coconut that you would usually find in stores.

Did you know that the coconut palm has been called the “three generation tree”? If it’s well cared for, your grandchildren will be able to enjoy its fruits for quite some time! The scientific name of the coconut is Cocos nucifera. The word nucifera means “nut-bearing”.

Palm trees grow best outdoors in high-humidty, sunny climates with a rainy season. In the video, you would see that TheKiwiGrower tried to imitate the tropical climate by keeping it indoors in a warm area – also covering the pot with a saran wrap to mimic the humid environment that it’s used to.

If you live in a tropical area and you want to plant your own coconut, choose a freshly-fallen coconut fruit that is brown and slightly shrunken. There should be liquid inside. Allow the coconut to germinate by submerging it in a bucket of water for 2-3 days.

Get a 3 gallon pot or container that is 10 inches deep. Place rocks/stones on the bottom for proper drainage. Mix your potting mix with some compost and sand. This will create a good environment for your plant to grow. Insert the coconut with its pointy end down in the potting mix. Push the coconut in until one third of it can be seen above the soil.

Place the pot in a sunny location and water it well with warm water. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. In due time, it will start to sprout. It may take some time for the plant to develop (usually within 3-6 months). Once your tree starts to develop tree fronds, start enriching the soil with fertilizer.

Coconut has a lot of uses. You can make lots of yummy food from its fruit. You can literally make use of every part of the tree. The people who live in tropical climates call it the “tree of life”.

Okay, here is the video:

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  • By brandee, December 18, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Since the soil would assumebly have a higher sand content than normal soil, id guess that almost any soil would do. Adding various nutrients would speed the process as well id suspect. The salt water and sand is very drying, so wouldnt even a basic potting blend be healthy? I dont live in a tropical climate at all, so i grow inside and use addatives to any soil base im using….still im a novice, so just guessing

  • By Katherine, December 18, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    The type of soil you’d want to use is a combination of pure ground dirt filled a 1/4 of the way up and the rest filled with sand. This tree will get big so I would suggest either a warm climate and plant outside once tall enough (5 foot), or an extremely large pot or greenhouse with a high roof that has dirt ground for flooring to dig into in colder climates. Good luck, your starting off strong!

  • By Cheryl, December 18, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Once the tree is established, how long does it typically take for the first coconuts to appear??

  • By Debi Deason, December 18, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Do you know if coconut palms will grow in (way) south Texas? We have the heat but I’m not sure about the lack of rainfall. Can I “fake it” with extra watering?

  • By Nilaxipatel Patel, April 4, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Love the way he explain how coconut grows

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