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Coconut Palm, Cocos nucifera

Common Name: Coconut Palm

Type: tropical tree

Family:  Arecaceae

Zone: 10 to 13     Find Your Zone

Height: 60 to 90 feet

Width: 18 to 30 feet

Bloom Time: after 4 to 6 years old

Bloom Color: yellow

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained sandy

Leaves: evergreen


The Coconut palm is one of the most popular palms. It grows in tropic regions like the lower 1/3 of Florida and the keys and Southern California.

The green coconut is widely desired for the water inside it which is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. This nut is a huge agricultural crop, used for making soaps, cosmetics and oils for cooking.

The coconut is a nut that can be grown much like bulbs are grown. You simply soak a coconut that still has the husk on it in water for 3 days and then plant it point down in a sandy vermiculite soil with 1/3 of the coconut sticking out of the soil. These trees are native to the coastal tropics where coconuts drift for days in the tropical waters, wash ashore and grow.

Coconut trees start bearing fruit after 6 to 7 years and are in full bearing around year 15. This tree tolerates no cold weather and prefers an average temperature around 72 degrees.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Other related plants:

Needle Palm

Windmill Palm

Pindo Palm

Dwarf Palmetto

Mexican Fan Palm

Queen Palm

Canary Island Date Palm

Sago Palm

Areca Palm

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