Monday, March 30, 2015

Coconut Palms



Tall palm trees and yet no coconuts.....is there a problem?
Often times, the coconut palm will appear to be mature when in reality it is not. In general, these palms will flower in 4 to 6 years. They may not actually produce fruit, however, until they are 6 to 10 years old. And if growing conditions are unfavorable, they may not produce until they reach 15 to 20 years of age. Full production is at 15 to 20; they can potentially produce until they are about 80 years old.

Although coconut palms are tolerant of dry soil conditions, for optimum fruit production regular irrigation is recommended, especially during drought conditions. Palms can also endure temporary waterlogged soil conditions but will decline and even die when exposed to prolonged periods of wet, poorly drained soil. Coconut palms will tolerate saline water and soils, as well as salt spray, but this does not mean that they prefer it.

Coconut palms will respond to applications of a balanced fertilizer, such as
10-10-30. Organic mulch and fertilizers are good and highly recommended.