How to Plant a Sprouted Coconut Tree

Overview

In tropical regions where they grow like weeds, you'll sometimes find a coconut that has begun to sprout. Look for existing mature coconut palm trees in areas that are not closely tended, such as parks and botanical gardens, because the grounds crews in these places remove fallen coconuts. If you look for a small green growth protruding from a coconut on the ground, you can take it home and plant it.

Planting a Coconut That Has Sprouted

Step 1

Choose an area that receives full sun and has sandy or well-drained soil. Coconut palms do best in tropical coastal areas and not at higher elevations.

Step 2

Dig a planting hole that is 3 feet deep by 3 feet wide.

Step 3

Mix sand and loamy topsoil with the soil you dug from your planting hole: A good ratio is one-third sand and two-thirds topsoil.

Step 4

Backfill your planting hole about one third full with the soil mixture and then water it well. Add more soil mixture and water again.

Step 5

Set your sprouted coconut into the hole, burying it so only two-thirds of the coconut is covered. Leave the sprout on the top side of the coconut pointing upward.

Step 6

Water your new planting once a week if rains do not do the job. Fertilize your young tree with a 20-10-20 fertilizer when it is six months old.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not trespass on private property when you search for your sprouted coconut, and make sure it's all right with the property owner if you take the coconut. Avoid planting coconut palms close to your house or other buildings.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-drained soil
  • Sand
  • Loamy topsoil
  • Shovel
  • 20-10-20 fertilizer

References

  • Coconut Palms in Belize: Planting and Care of the Coconut Palm
  • Master Gardener Online: Coconut Palm
Keywords: coconut palm, tropical trees, gardening tropics

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.