If you can get your hands on a fresh coconut, you may think that it would be fun to grow a coconut palm tree. You would be correct! Growing a coconut palm tree is fun and easy. Below you will find the steps for how to grow a coconut palm tree.
To begin to grow a coconut palm tree, start with a fresh coconut that still has the husk still attached. When you give it a shake, it should sound like there’s water inside. Soak it in water for 48 to 72 hours.
After soaking, put it in a pot filled with good draining potting soil. For best results, mix in some vermiculite or sand to ensure the soil you will be growing the coconut tree in drains well. The container has to be about 12 inches deep so the roots can expand correctly. Put the coconut point side down and leave around a third of the coconut over the soil.
Planting a Coconut Tree
After planting the coconut, relocate the container to a warm, well-lit spot; the more heated, the better. Coconuts grow well in areas that are 70 degrees or higher.
The secret to having a healthy coconut palm tree is to have the coconut tree watered well during germination and not sitting in soggy soil. Water the coconut often but be sure the container drains very well.
If done correctly, you should see the seedling appear in 12 to 24 weeks. If you need help, contact a Tampa tree service business. If you want to plant a coconut that is already sprouted, plant it in good draining soil so that the lower part of the coconut is in the soil. Put in a warm area and water often.
Coconut Palm Tree Care
Once your coconut tree has begun growing, you need to do a couple of things, so it stays healthy.
- As stated before, frequently water the coconut tree.
- If the soil drains well, you shouldn’t water it too frequently. If you want to repot your coconut tree, don’t forget to add vermiculite or sand to the new soil to so the water drains well.
- Also, growing a coconut tree requires complete fertilizer. Use a fertilizer that has both the essential nutrients and trace nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, and boron.
- It’s best to grow it outdoors! Good Luck!