This easy to grow novelty palm is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and care. It brings a tropical vibe to any room it's in. This palm sprouts right out of it's coconut seed and if planted outside will eventually return the favor with it's very own coconuts ready to eat or sprout more baby palms!
This needs a very tropical environment with bright, indirect light, watering and humidity.
A single coconut ...
A single coconut palm tree can have up to 180 coconuts harvested in one harvest
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Dynamic, Intriguing and Fun
Great For People Who…
Great for people with pets
Great for people who love the tropical vibe
Great for people who are happiest on a desert island
Great for people who like fun projects
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with higher ceilings
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
Great for spaces that have a patio or greenhouse
Great for spaces that have full sun
Cocos nucifera Care Guide
Medium to bright indirect light.
Keep the soil moist consistently (but not soggy).
Give this palm a spritz daily!
This plant loves heat and humidity so the warmer the better. Keep away from heating vents or direct sunlight though as the leaves could burn.
Outdoors in full sun, where nights are above 40°F.
Indoor: Feed monthly in the spring and summer months and reduce to once or twice during the fall and winter months. :: Outdoor: Apply fertilizer around the drip line of the plant and follow manufacturer's directions for use. Apply in three times a year in the spring, summer and fall.
Use an indoor container mix that is well-draining with good aeration. You may add peat moss to the soil to keep them light.
Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root clump.
Lift the plant and inspect the root clump. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.
Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Do not cover the current level of soil on the plant but add soil up to this level.
Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. Add more soil after watering if the soil settles.
After transplanting, the Cat Palm may experience some transplant shock after the process. Allow the palm to rest during this time in a partial shady area if outdoors or bright, indirect light when indoors.
Keep them well-watered and add humidity around them as they are getting established.
Before planting or repotting in a container, water the plant in the grower pot well and let drain.
Find a spot in the garden where there are at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Be generous by digging a hole twice the pot's width and 1 inch shorter than the grower pot to raise them above the soil level for good drainage.
Use a pitchfork or a sharp object to stab the soil walls to make several indentions for the roots to take hold.
Tickle the roots to loosen them if they wrap inside the container. Place the plant in the center of the hole. Fill the hole with water first, so the roots get another good drink.
Next, backfill with native soil mixed with compost by one third to one half (if the native soil is clay).
Add a rooting hormone fertilizer to this backfill mixture.
Tamp the soil firmly down around the edges and mound up. Avoid covering the original soil level of the plant that was in the container.
Add mulch as needed but not next to the stem or branches of the plant. Water and keep consistently moist but not soggy. Continue to observe the soil moisture each day, depending on the temperatures and soil drainage.
Keep yellowing or browning fronds cut off. If tips get burned, trim off the edges at an angle so they looks more natural. Keep the soil clean and replenish with soil if depleted.
This coconut palm, if in it's ideal conditions and allowed to fully grow, will produce coconut seeds that can be planted.