Cocos nucifera <br> Coconut Palm

Cocos nucifera
Coconut Palm

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Cocos nucifera                      

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Common Names: Coconut Palm

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: Tropical Asia and the Pacific

Growth: Upwards, old fronds naturally fall off

Light: Full sun

Foot Candles: 250+

Water: Regularly. Keep evenly moist. Can tolerate short periods of drought.

Humidity: 50% - 90%

Temperature: 18°C - 40°C

Soil: Well-draining

Container: Self-watering, irrigated bed

Nutrients: 20-10-10 monthly 

Propagation: Seed or splitting

Interiorscape Use: Atrium, Large Potted Plant

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Old fronds naturally get pushed off.

Comments: The classic palm that comes to mind whenever the word ‘tropical’ is mentioned. Grows from a coconut and can reach impressive heights and tolerate hurricane conditions.    

Toxicity: Safe.