Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The plant of the day (12) - The coconut palm ( Cocos Nucifera )

The coconut palm, from the western Pacific and islands of the Indian ocean, makes an interesting and unusual feature plant, either as a solitary specimen or as a high point in a grouping. The trunk grows directly from the nut itself, and in indoor specimens this sits on top of the soil. The leaves consist of arching fronds, each with a sheath of woven, light brown fibers.

Size : Height 5ft ( 1.5m ) or more.
Light :  Indirect sunlight.
Temperature : Warm
Moisture : Keep moist at all times.
Feeding : Give half-strength liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer
Propagation : Not applicable.
Special needs : This plant has a limited life in the home because it resents root disturbance and, to grow well, needs an intensity of both heat and high humidity, which are usually difficult to maintain.


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