How to grow your own coconut tree

I know, I know, you’ve just been sitting around your house contemplating how to grow a coconut tree in your yard or even your house. Yes, I did say your house. Well, I’m here to say it can be done!

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As one perceptive and observant reader pointed out, I haven’t posted about coconuts in a while. I love coconuts so this is problem. And, with every problem there is a solution… which isn’t exactly true. If you’ve ever contemplated how to avoid aging or had an argument with someone about how to equally distribute wealth across the planet, you’ll know just what I mean.

By the way, if you’re any kind of food lover you’ll love checking out this perceptive and observant reader’s blog: The Terrified Amateur, although, I suspect that this “amateur” is no amateur at all. It’s just all suspect!

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So, back to growing coconut trees. If you live in a tropical region you could very well grow a coconut palm in your yard. I was actually quite surprised to find out how much information can be found out on the great wide web in regards to growing coconut trees! And they all make it look so easy… maybe it is… or maybe not. If you’re seriously thinking about such a thing, I would definitely check out the following resources:

How To Plant And Grow A Coconut From A Seed by Cooky Coconuts (includes a video!)

Growing Coconut Palms – How To Grow A Coconut Plant by Gardening Know How

Getting your own coconut trees going by the Friday Times

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Your Coconut Tree by Happy DIY Home

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Don’t live in the tropics? People may be surprised to know that even though all of Florida seems tropical in so many ways, in terms of growing coconuts, only south Florida, particularly the Florida Keys, is actually ideal for growing coconut palms. Not to fret though. If you have a nice warm house or a greenhouse that is say… 50 to 60 feet tall, you’re set! If not you might want to think about growing a dwarf coconut plam, which reaches a height of around 20 feet tall… that would still be a pretty tall house or greenhouse, but far better than 50 or 60 feet.

Check out the following clever resources for information on growing coconut palms outside the tropics. From what I’ve read though, this isn’t too easy, but it can be done! You can also grow coconut palms purely for ornamental purposes that do not actually produce coconuts. I know, a downer, but at least you can say that you do in fact have a coconut tree in your house!

Growing Coconuts Outside the Tropics by The Survival Gardener

How to grow coconut trees in pots by Plant Instructions

Growing Coconut Palms as a House Plant by The Spruce

Lastly, want to know just how long will it take for your coconut tree to produce coconuts? Check out the following:

How Long Does It Take for a Coconut Tree to Get Coconuts? by SFGate

I hope this little guide will be helpful to all those out there who are seriously considering growing coconut trees!

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23 thoughts on “How to grow your own coconut tree

  1. First of all, JoAnn, greatly appreciate the shout-out!

    Second, you anticipated my questions! When I saw the topic, I thought, “Yeah, but can I grow coconuts inside?” Well, read on, lad…

    Keeping a palm outdoors year-round is impossible here in the Northeast, and my ceilings top out at nine feet or so. No foyers or gabled roofs to steal some height, either.

    Nothing doing, then? Well, maybe there is something. First of all, there is the ornamental route, which still unleashes the thrill of possibility. Now you’ve got me thinking.

    Fortunately, non-fruiting trees won’t be a problem, as coconuts usually are available in the market. I appreciate your encouragement, and in return, check in from time-to-time, as coconuts are sure to show up in many capacities, including in a starring role or two!

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    1. Oh trust me, you are on the top of my short-list of blogs to visit on a regular basis. 🙂 If you ever try to grow an ornamental coconut palm do let me know! That would really be something!

      I find myself wishing that I knew someone who could draw a funny cartoon that depicts someone up north growing a full-sized coconut tree I their house in the middle of winter 😂 I would love that!

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      1. Well, JoAnn, I’d love to oblige, but as for my artistic abilities…


        See that? It's supposed to be a jaguar. Seriously…squint.

        However, speaking of Northerners going all tropical, I have two friends in suburban DC who've found some gratification, actually. One, an old roommate at university, has his own place now, but before he left home, his parents grew a banana tree, which they wheeled indoors and out-, befitting the season.

        The other has a condo, from which he grows a Meyer lemon tree, Dragged onto his balcony in mid-April, and back into the condo around Halloween. Produces pretty awesome lemons too – I've tasted them!

        As for a full-size, indoor coconut tree, snug in the solarium as the winds howl and the snows swirl outside…sounds like something only the Addams Family could accomplish. With Morticia beheading all those roses, who would've guessed she has a green thumb?

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        1. Ha ha, your drawing skills are almost as awesome as mine! 🤣

          The ingenuity of man never fails to amaze. The banana tree is particularly impressive! You have some pretty neato friends!

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