Instructions for healthy Coconut Palm
Place a coconut palm in full sun in an area with well-drained soiled. Coconut palms grow well in most soil types with a wide pH range, from 5.0 to 8. If you live in an area where the temperature falls below 70 degrees, it may be best to have your coconut palm in a container and move it indoors during the cooler months. Because coconuts can fall out of the tree, do not place the tree in an area where there is heavy foot traffic such as a sidewalk or driveway.
Water the coconut palm once a week unless there is sufficient rainfall. The palm needs at least 1 inch of water per watering especially if it was recently planted.
Fertilize the coconut palm with a palm tree fertilizer that contains potassium, nitrogen and manganese. Coconut palms need regular fertilizing with a controlled-release fertilizer. According to the University
of Florida, the fertilizer “should have an analysis of approximately 8N-2P2O5-12K2O-4Mg.” Check the label of the fertilizer to verify. Apply 1.5 lbs. of fertilizer every 100 square feet with a rotary spreader under the canopy of the coconut palm. Apply every two to three months as needed. Water thoroughly after each feeding to ensure the fertilizer seeps into the root system.
Treat coconut palm tree disease with an antibiotic injection into the trunk of the tree. This should be done by a professional arborist. The most common disease for coconut palms is lethal yellowing, which causes the tree’s leaves to turn yellow and can kill the tree within six months. Injection of the antibiotic should be given every four months as soon as you notice the disease. The antibiotic can also be used to prevent the lethal yellowing as well.