Planting Coconut Seeds


A coconut palm tree may be one of the most well-known palms and is often associated with tropical regions. When coconuts ripen on a coconut palm, they fall to the ground beneath the tree. If soil conditions are right beneath the tree, these coconuts often germinate and grow beneath the parent tree. If you desire to plant and grow a new coconut palm, you must plant a coconut seed and tend it while it grows.

Step 1

Shake the coconut prior to planting it. If you can hear liquid moving inside the coconut, it is viable.

Step 2

Place the coconut into the bucket and fill the bucket with cool water. Soak the coconut in the water for three days.

Step 3

Prepare a growing site that receives some direct sunlight and some shade. Cultivate the soil lightly with the garden spade and add 2 inches of compost to the top of the soil to enhance the drainage. Work the compost into the soil well with the garden spade.

Step 4

Dig a hole for the coconut. Make the hole deep enough to bury only the bottom third of the coconut when it is lying on its side. Place the coconut into the prepared hole and firm the soil around the coconut.

Step 5

Water the coconut after you plant it by saturating the soil. Water the soil around the coconut two times per week to moisten, but not saturate, the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Coconut
  • Bucket
  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Shovel


  • College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii: Coconut Palms from Seed
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