Coconut in Hawaii – Tropical Garden U

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Featured Plant in Garden B - Coconut

1) Plant History & General Information:

  • Location on Property: Garden U,
  • Coconut Tree
    Coconut in Hawaii

    Scientific & Other Names: Cocos nucifera

  • Region of Origin: Many authorities suggest an Indo-Pacific origin either around Melanesia or the Indian Ocean, while others see the origin in northwestern South America. The oldest fossils known of the modern coconut dating from the Eocene period from around 37 to 55 million years ago were found in Australia and India. However, older palm fossils have been found in the Americas.
  • General History: Coconut palms feature in Indian writings dating back more than 2,000 years. Consequently, coconuts play an important role in Indian rituals and features in Indian mythology. For example, coconuts resemble a human head with three marks on their shell-like eyes and a mouth and fiber-like hair. It was known as sriphala or the fruit of the gods and cutting the tree was abhorred.
  • Type of Plant: Edible

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food: The meat and water within its fruit are rich resources of nutrients. Native cultures in Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, and limited parts of North America use coconut fruit as a staple in their diets. Some popular coconut products are coconut meat, oil, milk, water, wine, and vinegar.
  • As Medicine:
  • Coconut Hawaii
    Coconut Hawaii

    Other Uses: Parts of the coconut palm, as well as the exterior layers of its fruit, are turned into several products, from simple kitchen tools and utensils to strong structures – for both humans and animals. Some of these coconut parts include its husks, shells, leaves, trunk, and roots.

  • The physical properties and nutrients of coconuts can vary depending on their maturity. Young coconuts have either a white husk or a green shell and possess larger amounts of coconut water and softer meat. On the other hand, mature coconuts, the brown and hairy variety, have less water and firmer meat.
  • Whether they're young or mature, coconuts are considered the "plant of life" due to their astounding commercial and domestic uses.

3) Growing Instructions

  • Growing: Young coconut palms grow rapidly, and their multiple leaves will develop into a trunk in about five years. Afterward, flower clusters will begin to be formed in the axil of each leaf. Then a few weeks after flowering, many immature fruits will drop from the cluster. Meanwhile, those that remain, grow rapidly, reaching mature size in six months and becoming fully ripened in nine months. Also, a good-sized mature nut in its husk weighs about 6 lb, and a healthy tree produces 50 nuts per year.
  • Best time to Harvest: BEST Season: October - December
  • Sunlight Requirements: Coconuts require full sun to grow properly. Therefore, you should give them as much sun as possible.
  • Soil Requirements: Coconuts are not particular to their soil, but do prefer very well-drained, sandy soil. A standard palm mixture is a good idea.
  • Propagation: To sprout a coconut palm, bury the nut halfway in soil or sand and keep it warm and moist for up to six months. Eventually, you'll see a small green sprout emerge from the top of the nut. For the first year or so, the coconut plant will continue to draw nutrients from the nut itself. Unfortunately, few temperate-zone coconuts can outgrow this initial burst of nutrients.
  • Controlling Spread: Coconut trees cannot be girdled to control spread. Must be felled.
  • Difficulties with this plant: /

History of this Plant at Hedonisia:

  • Lots of young coconuts to harvest! Most of them have delicious coconut water in them, though some are full of nothing.

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Garden U Pre-Volcano Instructions

Location

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden

Community Fire Pit
Community Fire Pit

This MIXED Garden has the following trees

  • Avocado (1)
  • Coconut

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Stink Maile, Fire Ants, Mexican Sunflowers, Tropical Crabgrass, choking, creeping and climbing weeds
    • Spray Soapy Water mix before working in this area
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using the Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Use the Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove climbers from plants carefully.
    • Remove all creeping weeds from around the whole garden beds and walkways.
    • Remove Mexican Sunflower from the border - bring to crater slope at the road front
    • Remove the Tropical Crabgrass around walking areas by the roots when possible
  • Identification and Labeling
    • N/A
  • Borders & Maintenance
    • Weed around the seating area
    • Prune with a Kama in the tight spots then weed-whack the rest of the area
    • Rake the firepit and remove scrap metal (rusty nails, screws etc) from the ashes.
    • Scatter ashes under fruit trees on the property (as long as the wood was non-toxic and not painted).
    • Stack any burnable wood and/or pallets into a Tee-Pee style in the fire pit.
    • stack dry wood UNDER the tarp or old metal roofing to keep it dry for the firepit.

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