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4. Coconut tree (Cocos nucifera)
A real coconut tree today is often perceived as a kind of toy: they buy a pretty plant that develops from a coconut half-submerged in the soil for a couple of years, and then throw it away. But the coconut tree deserves more respect: it is one of the most difficult palm trees to grow, which needs to create conditions that are almost inaccessible in living rooms.
Indoor coconuts are compact palms with a height of 1 to 3 meters, which are very rare. Indeed, under the name of a coconut, most often they sell not a genuine Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), but lithocariums (Lytocaryum).
Young coconut palms, which still have a nut, look like graceful and modern "trees" - with a thin trunk and slightly feathery leaves with fairly wide lobes. The older the coconut gets, the larger the leaves (more and more reminiscent of postcards from tropical islands) and the taller and thicker the slender trunk.
A coconut tree can get everything it needs only in a flower showcase or a greenhouse. And in order not to lose the plant in a couple of years, you need to bring the environment as close as possible to the classic winter gardens so beloved by coconut. The hardest part is providing the "right" lighting and temperatures.
- Lighting for a coconut tree: very intense, maximum bright, but no direct sunlight; in winter - with supplementary lighting.
- Temperature regime: not lower than 18 degrees, but still close to this indicator in winter and 20-24 degrees or higher in summer; protect from sudden changes in temperature.
- Coconut soil: neutral or slightly acidic, light, nutritious.
The coconut palm is transplanted at the beginning of spring only as needed, in no case separating the nut until it is "dropped" on its own. Coconut palm is hygrophilous, and it is possible to achieve a comfortable level of substrate moisture only if a high level of drainage is laid at the bottom of the container.
Watering for a coconut tree is carried out so that the plant is in stable, unchanging conditions. This is a moisture-loving palm, for which light moisture is not suitable, but stagnant water is dangerous. It is better to use soft water at room temperature for watering.
For a coconut tree, you need to maintain a consistently high humidity. She prefers a combination of intensive and frequent spraying with a humidifier.
The coconut tree is fed only in spring and summer, with a standard frequency. This palm tree prefers mineral and organic fertilizers.
The coconut tree is propagated by seeds - the very same coconuts that germinate easily in conditions of intense humidity.
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