CITRUS BEAN CARE – HOW TO PLANT COCONUT SEEDS
What are the benefits of planting a coconut?
1) You will not have to pay much money for buying or growing coconuts.
You just need to buy them from your local grocery store or farmer’s market. They cost less than $2 per pound!
2) You will be able to grow coconuts year round without having to worry about any other pests or diseases.
3) You will be able to enjoy the taste of fresh coconuts every day.
4) Your yard will look beautiful with coconut trees planted around it.
What are the advantages of planting a coconut?
1) You will be able to use the coconuts in your home.
2) You will be able to sell the coconuts at a profit.
(You may even make enough money so that you don’t have to work anymore!)
How do I start planting my first coconut tree?
The best way is to go to your nearest tropical fruit farm and ask if they would like you to plant their coconuts for free. You promise that you will give them all of the coconuts that grow. Most farms are always looking to save money so they should love the idea.
What do I need to plant a coconut tree?
1) You need a pot that is about 1 foot tall and at least 4 inches in diameter.
If you are growing multiple trees, then you need one pot for each tree.
2) Fill the pot 3/4 of the way with regular garden soil.
3) Place the coconut on top of the soil.
4) Cover up the root end and about 1/3 of the nut with more soil.
5) Place the pot in a sunny location.
If you don’t have a yard, find an area that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
6) Keep the soil moist but not wet.
How do I water my coconut tree?
Water your coconut tree when you first plant it. After that, water it whenever the soil becomes dry. Coconut trees need a lot of water, so don’t be afraid to give them a nice drink of water every day or two.
What should I fertilize my coconut tree with?
You should use a good quality 10-10-10 fertilizer. You should mix it into the soil about once every 2 months. You should also apply it to the soil whenever you first plant a new tree.
Do I need to do anything else for my coconut tree?
You should give your trees at least an hour of direct sunlight every day. If they don’t get enough sunlight, they won’t produce any coconuts.
How long does it take for a new coconut tree to produce coconuts?
It can take up to 7 years for your new tree to start producing nuts. Once they do start to produce, you probably won’t get any more that year. It takes about 10-12 months for the nuts to mature after they are pollinated and 4 months after that before you can harvest the nut. Your tree should start producing coconuts within 3 years of when you plant the seed.
How do I harvest my first coconut?
Once your tree is producing coconuts, you will have to cut the stem that connects the nut to the rest of the tree. You do this when the nut is green and soft. You then need to wait another 4 months before the nut becomes hard.
I’m interested in selling the coconuts that grow on my trees.
How should I go about this?
You should set up a table at your local farmer’s market or set up a little roadside stand. You can also go door to door and sell them in the neighborhood. Charge 50 cents to a dollar for each nut and you should do just fine. You should also sell the nuts in bulk to convenience stores and grocery stores.
How much money can I make selling coconuts?
You can charge whatever you want for your nuts. If you sell them for a dollar each, and you sell 200 a week, that’s $200 a week in your pocket! That adds up to over $9000 a year! If you sell them by the bag, or in bulk to grocery stores, you can earn a lot more!
How many coconuts should I expect to grow on my tree?
It all depends on the quality of your soil and how much you care for the tree. If you fertilize it every month or two and give it plenty of water, you can get 1 nut for every 6 inches of trunk within 3 years of planting it. That’s about 12-15 nuts per tree! You can get even more if you add a little manure.
Where can I buy a coconut seed?
You can get a seed from the husk of any coconut you drink. Look for any husks that have browned and dried out. The nut inside is fresh enough to plant and should have a little bit of flesh on it still. Be warned that once you open a coconut, you only have 48 hours to get the nut inside into the soil.
Where can I get a coconut tree?
You can find coconuts for sale at most garden supply stores and even some grocery stores. You can occasionally find them at local farmers markets in the area or even on people’s front lawns. Ask the owner if you can have one and they will probably give you one. Make sure it looks fresh and hasn’t dried out around the edges.
Tips & Warnings
Make sure not to over water your tree or it will get root rot and die. It’s best to water it in the morning so the soil can dry out a bit by nightfall.
If you want to fertilize your tree, use an organic compost that has chicken manure in it. Don’t overdue it though or the tree will get fungus.
Make sure you check every nut for mold before you plant them. Throw away any that have soft spots or look rotten.
Don’t plant your tree too close to a tree that is likely to drop sticky fruits on it (like an orange tree). Even if the fruit doesn’t stick to the coconut, the droppings of the birds that eat the fruit will.
Make sure you wear long pants and closed toed shoes when you are around a coconut tree. The nuts get ripe at different times and they tend to fall without warning.
If you have any extra nuts, you can let a few of them dry out and crack them open to eat the meat inside. They are a good source of food for survivalists.
Make sure you soak the nuts you plant in tap water for a couple of hours before you plant them. This helps speed up the germination time and increases your chances of success.
Don’t get discouraged if some of your nuts don’t sprout. Sometimes they take longer than others to grow. Just keep planting and eventually you will have a nice tall tree to give you shade.
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