Who has not enjoyed the exquisite taste of fruits? They come in all sizes, shapes, flavors and colors. Some juicier than others. There are sweet, sour, bitter, etc. In a few words, it can be said that there is a fruit for each type of person, since they cover all tastes.

On the other hand, most fruits are very versatile. You can eat them in their natural state, in juice, in smoothies, in jam, in sweet, frozen as ice cream and candied. You can also use them as a filling for cakes, to accompany toasted bread and much more. Actually, the possibilities are endless.

In general, we tend to make better use of fruits that are in season. However, this does not mean that we do not want to eat different ones. For example, in summer, one of the most requested is coconut.

From this fruit you can take advantage of both its meat and the water that is inside it. You just have to add a couple of ice cubes and that’s it. If you prefer, you can add a little sugar, if not, you can also take it in its natural state. The truth is that it is a very refreshing and hydrating drink.

And what can be said about its meat? This part is usually the protagonist of many preparations, both sweet and salty. If you like coconut, and you have enough space at home, you will surely want to have a coconut tree to be able to enjoy its fruits throughout the year.

But where do coconut trees come from? What is your seed? You may not know that it is the same coconut. However, it is not enough that you plant it to guarantee that you will have the plant. In this post I will teach you how to germinate and plant a coconut. In this way, you will be able to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

Instructions for germinating and planting a coconut

The coconut tree is one of the most popular palm trees that exist; it is a symbol of the tropical climate. We always relate it to the beach and it is not for less, in temperate regions it is very difficult for a specimen to reach maturity, since it is a plant that is very sensitive to cold.

Now, if you want to germinate and plant a coconut, these are the instructions that you must follow:

  1. The first thing you should do is extract the seed from the coconut, how? Very easy.  The coconuts, when they finish ripening, are surrounded by a hard orange shell, inside is the seed, which has a rounded shape and is covered by brown fibers.
  2. The coconut must be fresh and, when you shake it, you must hear the sound of the water inside it, it must not be soft anywhere and it must not look bad.
  3. All coca have three dark brown rounded spots. These points are known as germination points, since the root of the palm tree can sprout from any of them. Make sure these points look intact.
  4. Once you have selected the seed, soak it in water for 2 or 3 days.
  5. Then, place it in a container that is about 12 inches deep, so that the roots can grow and develop well, and that it has good drainage, with soil mixed with vermiculite, to make sure that the soil used can drain well.
  6. Keep the soil always moist but not to the point that puddles are created, since the coconut could end up rotting.

The approximate germination time is 1 to 2 months. However, this will be determined by the temperature, which is ideally between 25 and 35ºC. If the climate is not so hot in the area where you live, there is also the option of placing the seed near a heat source.

Now that you know the correct way to germinate a coconut, what else do you need to know in order to have a coconut tree at home?

What do you need to germinate and plant a coconut?

If you have been lucky and the coconut has germinated, the next thing you will need is to transplant it. However, you should not do it soon. Wait 1-2 months until it has acclimated well and is growing healthily. If you rush to transplant it, it could end up dying.

The way to transplant it is as follows:

  1. Choose a pot about 10 centimeters wider and deeper than the one you currently have. It can be any material you prefer, but it should have holes in the bottom. If they don’t have them, then you’ll need to get them.
  2. Then add a layer of clay, volcanic clay or similar.
  3. Then, fill the pot up to a quarter with a mixture of peat and perlite. More peat than perlite.
  4. Next, remove the coconut from the old pot and place it in the new one. Remove or add more substrate if you notice that it is higher or lower, as required.
  5. If it still has the coconut, resist the urge to want to take it away and don’t bury it all the way. When it is no longer needed, the same plant will get rid of it.
  6. Finally, finish filling the container and water it.
  7. Place it in a place where it receives a good amount of light and voila!

You will soon realize that the coconut grows faster during the spring and summer, but its growth almost stops in the fall and spring. In fact, its growth stops completely when the temperature drops below 15ºC.

It should be noted that it is important that you protect it from the cold, since if the temperature reaches 5ºC you will lose it completely. Now, what other recommendations  should you take into account when it comes to growing coconut trees?

Tips for germinating and planting a coconut

For the coconut tree to grow healthily, it needs a warm climate without large variations in temperature. In addition, it needs a humidity that is not below 60%, since this could be harmful to it.

If you live in an area where the temperature is very low during the winter, choose a place where the tree can be protected during that time because, as I mentioned before, the coconut tree is very sensitive to cold. Moreover, this place should be away from drafts.

As for the land to be used to plant the coconut tree, it must have a light texture, deep and with a current of water accumulated in the subsoil, 1 or 2 meters deep, on an impermeable layer.

It can also be planted in clay soils. However, in this case, you must manage the humidity produced as a result of irrigation very well.

Saline soils are one of the ones that benefit them the most, since this tree deserves a lot of chlorine. For this same reason, the coconut palm is one of the few trees that have the ability to grow on beaches or in places near them.

Regarding its watering, you should know that it needs to be frequent. However, if the soil has good water drainage, then you should reduce the amount of watering. If, for one reason or another, you want to repot the tree, don’t forget to add sand or vermiculite to ensure that the new soil has the ability to drain water well.

If you like coconut and want to enjoy its exquisite flavor, what are you waiting for to have your own coconut tree at home? You already know what the steps to follow are. If you live in an area where the weather conditions are suitable, then you are halfway there.

The next thing will be to follow the instructions that I have given you in this post to the letter. In this way, in a short time, perhaps 2 or 3 years, you will be able to begin to see the results of your work, because your coconut tree will give you its fruits.

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