How to Grow Palm Trees From a Coconut

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Growing palm trees indoors requires diligence. After some hard work, you will be rewarded with a tropical palm. The palm will not be as tall or full as palms grown in the tropics, but it will be beautiful nonetheless. Although palm trees can be grown from a variety of fruits and vegetables, it is easiest to use a coconut as your seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Coconut
  • Soil
  • Large pot
  • Select a coconut that has fallen from a tree. Listen for sloshing milk when you shake the coconut.

  • Leave the husk of the coconut intact. Soak the coconut in a bucket of water for 3 days before planting.

  • Pick a container that is at least 10-inches deep and large enough to hold the nut. Use a container that has a hole in the bottom for drainage.

  • Plant the nut, pointed end down, into well drained soil. Leave the top third of the nut exposed.

  • Water the nut frequently, keeping the soil moist but not wet. Do not let the soil dry.

  • Keep the pot in a sunny, warm location. Keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Repot the tree after 5 years. Plant it in a pot larger than the root ball of the tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fertilize the tree regularly after the first year of growth.
  • Use a warming lamp to keep the plant warm if your house is cooler than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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