This Cocos Nucifera is relaxing by the pool, waiting to be planted. It was given to me by Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild Tropical Garden, at a workshop I attended about gardening. She cut it off one of the Coconut Palm trees at The Fairchild Farm eleven weeks ago. It has taken this long for it to ripen from the young green “looker” it was when we picked it, to the shriveled-up mature fellow it is now. A little sunscreen needed, perhaps? So no more lounging for this guy; it’s going to be soaked in water for a couple of days, then put into the soil to sprout a new tree.
How to grow a Coconut Palm tree from seed: It is preferable to choose a fallen nut that has already ripened and you can hear water slosh inside when you shake it. Leave the husk on. Soak it in a pail of water for 2-3 days. Choose a good location in your yard where it will have room to grow. Coconut Palms do get large and wide. Place the nut on its side in a shallow hole, burying only the lower third of the nut. Water thoroughly twice a week. It should germinate in 3 to 6 months. The roots will push out of the husk into the soil and a shoot should come out of the end of the nut that was attached to the tree. Alternatively, the nut can also be planted in a container, where it can live approximately 5 years before needing to be transplanted.
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