Tuesday, 29 December 2015


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Its great to grow something a little different and exotic, and the coconut delivers this just fine. You can grow a coconut palm (Cocos nucifer) indoors as a house plant from a shop bought coconut.

Select a fresh coconut that still has the husk on, and ensure that still has coconut milk in it by shaking it.  Roughly remove the husk fibres with a sharp knife and place the coconut in a bucket of water, letting it soak for 2-3 days.

Fill a large 30 cm pot with a mixture of potting compost and vermiculite/sand to ensure a free draining soil. Plant the coconut in the soil on its side, leaving the top third proud of the soil. 

Coconuts love warmth so move to a warm, sunny position. Temperatures in excess of 21C/71F will suit it well. water frequently during germination but do not allow the coconut to sit on waterlogged soil. You should see your seedling sprout within 3-6 months.

Your coconut palm reach a height of about 150 cm. Water and fertilise your coconut frequently during the summer, but reduce this during the darker winter period. Coconuts do not like the cold, so move to a warm position in the winter and avoid cold draughts. Repot your coconut every few years.

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