Coconut Palm

$19

1-2 ft.

Description

Delicious Coconuts, Home-Grown

Large, savory coconuts make the Coconut Palm one of the most popular varieties in the world. Plus, they’ll grow outdoors as well as they do inside a container, making it possible to grow your own coconuts, even if you live up North.

You can place your Coconut Palm outside on warm, sunny days, and bring it indoors during the colder months. Before you know it, you’ll have tons of large coconuts with soft, creamy flesh and rich coconut milk.

Best of all, coconuts are a super fruit. Their water contains more electrolytes than any other liquid, and their flesh contains high amounts of iron, potassium, zinc, antioxidants protein and more to keep the body healthy and energized.

When you grow your own coconuts at home, you’ll save time and money and have a fresh, healthful snack, right in your backyard. A snack that’s delicious when eaten raw or added to your favorite recipes.

Coconut Palms arrive growing out of a coconut, which sits on top of their container for a unique, tropical look. Eventually, they grow into a mature palm with beautiful, ringed gray bark and a large crown filled with fronds that are covered with bright green leaflets.

And because they grow to about 3 to 4 feet tall in a container, they will fit perfectly inside your home, on your porch or patio. When they’re planted outdoors in growing zones 9 through 11, they can grow up to 50 feet tall, transforming your landscape into a tropical paradise.

Even better? Creamy yellow blooms and new green coconuts that ripen to a shade of brown when they’re ready to be harvested.

Coconut Palms are tough, low-maintenance trees that have a high heat and drought tolerance and wind resistance. Good looks and essential strength? Check. They will also grow indoors without making a fuss in low-light conditions. All you have to do is plant your tree and enjoy your fresh coconuts.

Planting & Care

The Coconut Palm tree is a producer of large, savory coconuts making it one of the more popular palms out there. This variety known as “Cocos nucifera Linn” performs best in USDA growing zones 4-8 on the patio (or potted) and 9-11 in the ground in full to partial sun. Coconut palms are slow growers, maturing to a height of 20-30 feet tall and 5-10 feet in width.If planning to keep the tree containerized, periodic re-potting will be necessary.

Planting Directions (in the ground): Keep the tree’s mature height in mind when you are scouting your planting site.

1) Dig your hole 2-3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Coconut palm and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When finished, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets.

Planting Directions (potted): 
1) Choose a container that is 1-2 times larger than the pot that the plant initially arrived in.
2) Use a quality acidic potting medium such as a palm or citrus mix.
3) Partially fill the container part way, position the palm and fill the remainder leaving a slight space from the rim of the pot.
4) Choose a location on the patio, backyard, or front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
5) Water until it begins to flow through the bottom drainage holes, keep the soil slightly moist but not saturated.
6) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from a window or vent.

Watering (in the ground): Palm trees are drought tolerant once established, but will require frequent watering as they establish. Allowing the soil to dry out will weaken the root system of the palm tree. Only allow the soil to dry 1-2 inches down before watering again. The frequency will depend on the climate and how much rain you receiving.

Watering (potted): Stick you finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is still moisture present, leave it be until it dries a bit more.

Pruning: Palms do not need much pruning except to remove damaged fronds. Be careful not to pull off any dead or damaged fronds as that can leave a wound behind. Always remove any damaged fronds by pruning them off with a sharp pair of sterilized pruners.

Mulch: To help enrich the soil and reduce growth competition from weeds, apply a heavy mulch around the trunk, using wood chips, cypress bark or lawn clippings. This will also help to reduce water consumption. Avoid letting the mulch touch the trunk as this can promote rot and/or fungus.

Fertilizing: Nutrients are vital for palm trees to thrive. The sandy, well draining soils they prefer have a tendency for nutrients to leach away quickly. You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. The slow release of these nutrients will provide consistent, targeted feeding to help your tree grow strong and healthy. If you prefer, you can use a balanced fertilizer such as an 8-8-8 formula for quicker growth in spring and summer. To avoid yellowing and maintain a healthy shade of green coloring, feed your tree a few spoons full of Epsom salt or a fertilizer that contains nutrients like manganese which will prevent the yellowing and shriveling of the fronds.

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