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Old 04-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a round coconut grown in Mexico at my local market. Tons of coconut milk sloshing around inside and I believe the husk is still on because it's not smooth -- it's very rough and has a bit of "husky" stuff on it. I read how to grow a store bought one without the husk from somebody who had success. It told exactly how the plant them, how deep to and what position to plant them in. There are the three little eyes on the end of the coconut... They make a triangle. The eye across from the short side of the triangle (the biggest eye) is planted up. The coconut is planted on its side though. If that makes sense.

I read on another website to soak it in a pail of water for a few days, but the guide that had success with growing them without the husk didn't do so. Just stuck them in soil and thoroughly watered. That's what I did in about 1/2 soil 1/2 sand, a bit less sand than soil though. I'll keep it very moist. I read that keeping the humidity high is key, is this true? How should I do this? Tie a bag around the top of the pot?

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Old 04-21-2012, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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They need lots and lots of heat! Days in the 80s are best for fast germination and its going to take a good 3-4 months for it to really start sprouting. I got 1 of mine as a newly sprouted coconut in August 2010. It had no roots at that time, but by the end of 2010 it was forming roots and growing well. Today it's 6 feet tall and this is only going to be it's second full summer!
Where do you live? If you live in the tropics they will grow like weeds. If you dont, they still do make good potted palms despite what some people say.
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This might help!
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Anyone growing one of these? Its called a horned coconut.

Coconut conservation dilemma de-horned

Didn't thinks so but I would love to try if I could only get my hands on one.
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I never knew there was so many kinds.

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What would be that ''horned coconut'' ?
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The white stuff inside of it is pretty tasty.
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Just my .02
I've rooted plenty of coconuts
The single most common mistake it not realizing the TAP ROOT comes out of one of those eyes and it heads deep down into the soil looking for a water source. So deep containers is the rule. Also I use a plastic bag filled with peat moss dampened so when you squeeze it you can feel the water, one drop falls is good 5 drops is to much . I take that bag keep it in a room that gets up to 88 high and 78 low . It's a wood building I have on my property. Also you might want to get a few more of them because its not at all unusual to have a few that will not germinate . Soaking is OK also .. once you see green it needs light it will grow just fine in 6 hours of daylight but more is better .. You can also plant it in soil in a pot and water it every other day or as needed .. they make darn good potted plants . Everyone who sees it will want one, so have some backups available .. Good luck
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Red this cool article about dwarf coconuts.

Dwarf Coconut Palms - Backyard Dwarves - Buy Garden & Tropical Plants, Online Garden & Plant Nursery

The one that interests me the most is called a Village Dwarf Coconut. They are small enough to grow in containers. There are some pictures on this site.

VIllage Dwarf coconut - PalmTalk

Does anyone live in Australia and want to send me one of those coconuts?
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This old coconut thread got wanting to give it a go. I found this during a google and thought it interesting. I had also saw a method to lay a husked coconut the right way which may support this unhusked version.

".....This is the important part -- lay the nut on its side with the eye
opposite the short site up. Let me explain. If you look at the
three eyes and were to connect them with a line, they would form a
triangle with two long sides and one short side. You lay the
coconut on its side with the eye opposite the short side up. I then
buried the coconuts in sawdust one per pot (two or three gallon
pots are fine) and watered them thoroughly. After they excess water
drained, I put each pot in a plastic bag and sealed the top so that
the moisture would not escape. I think took all of them (7) and put
them in front of a heater vent --I have central heat so this was not
severe heat -- but just warmth. After about 4 months, I checked and
could see the little sprouts "

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Here's a picture of a sprout with the husk



and I was going spearfishing the other day and a guy was cutting down his coconuts so people didn't get wacked. I grabbed about 30. They are so delicious! Here's what's left:

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After doing some reading and calling the USDA I would not recommend growing just any store bought coconut. Importation of coconuts for growing is prohibited (in the U.S.) from all countries except Jamaica and Puerto Rico. This is to protect against disease being introduced.

I think people should start growing different varieties so we can see how well each one does in marginal areas. The guy at Florida Coconuts :: www.florida-coconuts.com :: Blog (video titled Florida Coconuts) said his green type did not fair as well as his yellow. The frost he got killed his greens but not the yellow.
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You guys have it all wrong.
You don't grow coconuts for the plants! You grow them for the absolutely amazingly wonderful tasting coconut gelled water!

When the coconut sprouts the water inside it solidifies. Its quite the treat, that very few people get to try.....
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I just do it to see if I can. Of course it is too cold here to have a coconut tree outside. I did grow some really nice in ground pineapples with lights and cover.
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You guys have it all wrong.
You don't grow coconuts for the plants! You grow them for the absolutely amazingly wonderful tasting coconut gelled water!

When the coconut sprouts the water inside it solidifies. Its quite the treat, that very few people get to try.....
That sound tasty I will have to try it.
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I had a pineapple growing as well, it did fine even at freezing but once in the mid-high 20's it was gone
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I'm fortunate to live in Hawaii and have abundant coconuts and pineapples in the ground year round. If you haven't tried a YOUNG fresh coconut, you must. It's delicious and hydrates you better than any Gatorade.

You can generally find young coconuts at most Asian grocery stores. You can tell they are young by the green husk. The ones you find that are dehusked already aren't nearly as good.
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