How to Plant Dwarf Coconut Trees

Coconut trees (Cocos nucifera), hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 10 through 11, are frequently categorized as either dwarf or tall. Tall coconut trees can reach as large as 80 feet when fully grown. Dwarf coconut trees are so named because they are generally shorter-stemmed than tall varieties, but they may still reach 20 to 60 feet in height. Dwarf coconut trees may be successfully implanted at any given time of year, when given the proper maintenance and the right problems.

Choose a suitable location to your own coconut palm, where the tree will see full sunlight during the daylight hours. Give the tree sufficient room to develop to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide without crowding from other neighboring trees.

Amend clayey soil by mixing it with organic matter like peat moss, to support proper drainage.

Dig a hole just deep enough for the root ball of the dwarf coconut palm.

Insert the root ball into the hole and cover it with dirt, so the uppermost origins of the plant are approximately 1 inch below the top layer of the dirt.

Spread three or four inches of organic mulch over the soil beneath the crown of the tree, but do not permit the mulch to come within 4 inches of the back.

Water the tree until puddles form around the base of the tree.

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