Coconut Palm tree - Palmae - Cocos Nucifera

What You Need to Know About the Coconut Palm – Palmae – Cocos Nucifera

The coconut palm, from the western Pacific and islands of the Indian Ocean, makes an interesting and unusual feature plant, either as a soli­tary specimen or as a high point in a grouping. The trunk grows directly from the nut itself, and in indoor specimens this sits on top of the soil. The leaves consist of arching fronds, each with a sheath of woven, light brown fibers.

Size: Height 5 ft. (1.5 m) or more.

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Warm.

Moisture: Keep moist at all times.

Feeding: Give half-strength liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.

Propagation: Not applicable.

Special needs: This plant has a lim­ited life in the home because it resents root disturbance and, to grow well, needs an intensity of both heat and high humidity, which are usually difficult to maintain.