Red Spicata Coconut Palm Tree
Nothing could be finer than a coconut palm. No other palm says "tropical" like the coconut and few can be argued as more beautiful. The coconut palm is also the most recognized palm in the world
There are several varieties planted but the old 'Jamaica Tall' coconuts have almost all died of Lethal Yellowing disease. This previously dominant variety is the very tall, curving type.
We now plant the shorter, fatter Green Malayan Coconut which produces green nuts. We also plant the less popular Golden Malayan which sports yellow nuts and somewhat yellow fronds. There is also a Red Malayan species. These are rated at 95% resistant to Lethal Yellowing
The taller growing Maypan Coconut is harder to acquire but reminds us of the stately Jamaicans of the times before Lethal Yellowing took its toll
This is a cross between the 'Malayan Dwarf' and the 'Panama Tall' cultivars
A new type is the 'Red Spicata Dwarf' cultivar. Slower growing than the Maypan, it is actually a semi-dwarf plant, and shorter than "Malayan Dwarf' variety. It has a more delicate appearance and orange-red fruit. It is being tested for disease resistance to Lethal Yellowing
Another new coconut is the 'Fiji Dwarf' and is another shorter palm. It has a crown of leaflets that are very wide and produce a dense shade. It is a true dwarf, slow growing and will be relatively small at maturity. We hope it is successful so we can more easily pick the nuts :-)
The most rare variety is the Double Coconut, Lodoicoa maldivica, whose fruit size is more like 5x a normal Coconut :-)
Coconuts are salt tolerant growing right on the beach, but do better a few hundred feet back
For best results, acquire a small young coconut and plant it with plenty of high quality manure (50 lbs. is good) mixed in the planting hole and soil
Fertilize 4x to 6x a year with top quality palm food and watch your coconut grow to its maximum beauty. If you plant young trees and care for them well, they get extra fat and grow even more beautiful
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Many think of all coconut palms as growing all over Florida, but the coconut is a tropical which will eventually freeze north of approx. West Palm Beach on the east coast and approx. north of Fort Myers on the west coast of Florida
We get email from folks who talk about their coconut palm growing outside those "boundaries" but eventually a freeze will kill. For example, there once were an estimated 25,000 coconut palms growing happily in Vero Beach...all those "originals" died within 4 hours one freezing night.
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• Watering: Best to water once or twice a week, or as top soil feels dry.
• Lighting: Best to keep indoor, if outdoor place in indirect sun light under Shade.
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