How to Plant a Coconut


The coconut tree grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. It produces a large seed, which we call a coconut. For people living in the tropical areas of the world, the coconut is an important food source that supplies vitamins and minerals. The fronds of the tree are used to make everything from houses to clothing. Coconut trees grow easily from the seed. Plant it indoors if you live in a cold climate, or in the ground if you live in the tropics.

Step 1

Pick a coconut that has fallen from the tree and still has its husk on. Green coconuts, picked before they are ripe are too immature to plant. Shake the coconut to make sure it has liquid in it.

Step 2

Soak the coconut in a bucket of water for three days.

Step 3

Chose a large pot that is at least 3 feet across. It should have several drainage holes in the bottom so that water does not build up around the root system. Cover the holes with bits of broken pottery, this will allow water to drain out without letting the soil escape.

Step 4

Fill your planting pot halfway with equal parts potting soil, coarse sand and peat moss. This combination will create an environment for the root system that will drain well. Like most tropical plants, coconuts do not like heavy wet soil because it can cause the roots to rot.

Step 5

Place the coconut in the planting pot with the stem end up. Fill in with more dirt until it is completely covered with 3 to 4 inches of soil on top.

Step 6

Water thoroughly after planting so that the soil is uniformly wet, then water twice a week. Make sure to keep your coconut in an area where the temperature stays above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and frequently climbs into the 80's.

Things You'll Need

  • Large planting pot
  • Peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Potting soil
  • Bucket


  • College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources University of Hawaii at Manoa: Coconut Palms from Seed
Keywords: planting trees from seed, propagating tropical trees, growing tropicals indoors

About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.