How to Care for a Malaysian Coconut Palm


The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is believed to be native to Malaysia, but no-one is quite sure. There is only one species of the tree in the Cocos genus, and that is the coconut palm. The Malaysian coconut palm is hardy to USDA zones 9 through 11 and is difficult to grow in dry climates without deep and frequent irrigation. Grown for its wood, its ornamental value and for food, the Malaysian coconut palm, if grown within its hardiness zone, requires little care once established.

Step 1

Water the Malaysian coconut palm twice a month during periods with no rainfall. Run a soaker hose for three to four hours to supply sufficient water to the tree.

Step 2

Fertilize the Malaysian coconut palm four times a year with a slow-release fertilizer, such as 12-4-12 or 8-2-12, labeled for use on palm trees. Follow the application instructions on the fertilizer package.

Step 3

Spread a 6-inch layer of mulch 6 inches from the trunk in an 18-inch radius around the Malaysian coconut palm.

Tips and Warnings

  • Coconut tree wounds do not heal, so use caution when using lawnmowers and string trimmers around the base of the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Soaker hose
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • Oregon State University: Coconut, Cocos Nucifera
  • Broward County Florida: Palm Tree Care
  • ‭"‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass";‭ ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
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