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    Gday everyone.

    Does anyone know if coconuts successfully grow near brisbane? I am near samford, which gets a little cooler than coastal brisbane.
    By successfully.. if I'm going to plant them i'd rather like to think I'll get them to fruit.

    thanks

  • #2
    I've never tried - but on reflection I've never seen a coconut tree with fruit on it on the Sunshine Coast. Mackay yes... here no.

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    • #3
      I saw them growing with nuts on recently at woodgate which is not too far from brizzy.the nuts were small but it was a dry year.I have got dwarf coconuts growing but they are still babies so no fruit for a few years at least.
      the end of suffering comes from the living of joy!

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      • #4
        g'day ppp,

        in short yes.

        the best variety dwark malay golden cocnut, you need to be sure you are buying genetically pure plants or very easily you will ed up buying X-ed up palms i have a nth qld contact who guarantees his stock.

        remember duty of care don't plant them when nuts could fall and damage/injure oterh public even those walkig up to yor front door.

        len

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        • #5
          thanks for that len, yes, interesting to read one report that in one of our northern island nations 2.5% of all hospital admissions are related to falling coconuts!
          (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6502774)

          So, how many coconuts have you managed? Also, do you mind sharing the nth qld contact?

          Anyone else on the forum.. I'd be pleased to source plants more locally..?

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          • #6
            yerse grow very well on the sunshine coast - a neighbour had to cut his down - the metre thick trunk was a bit too big and the 50kg palm fronds threatened to kill
            The universe is my eyes and ears, all else is hearsay.

            http://opinonated-bastard.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              thanks paradisi

              does anyone have experience with propogating coconuts? It seems like a big "seed" to plant!

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              • #8
                I got mine from-http://www.cactusisland.com.au/products.php?catid=36&category=Coconuts
                as shot seedlings.But my neighbour bought some back from a beach and I planted them or rather half planted them into straight sand,and they have shot and seem to be growing well,Its hard to tell as they have enough energy to shoot and grow for a year regardless.I am planting them around the dam and will try to get them to lean over the water for safety reasons.
                the cactus island people told me to soak the nuts in seaweed soloution then keep in the shade for the first two years apparently they make good indor plants for the first few years.Make sure you give them exelent drainage.
                the end of suffering comes from the living of joy!

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                • #9
                  $33 per plant, ouch.
                  I'm patient, has anyone been successful with a green-grocer bought coconut, or does anyone have one or two of them I could give the seaweed solution and plant a go with?

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                  • #10
                    g'day ppp,

                    i'll send details via pm.

                    i don't ahve room for them they are a large palm.

                    you can grow them from the nut easily we did accidently once just sat the nut on the ground for visual effect surrounded it with mulch and it grew, too easy.

                    now i suggested only grow the dwarf malay golen the main reason they are not very tall when they srrat producing, so it is very easy to pick nuts yes they will grow tall like the others eventually but slowly. that also brings the issue if you got a cocnut with its husk still on you have no idea if tht is a common nut or a malay golden or a X, there layeth the problem. all nuts i have seen sprouted have complete husk on.

                    this fellow from up north will sell nuts as far as i know, and no doubt he will instruct as well.

                    you will be well rewarded seeking the right plant.

                    len

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                    • #11
                      The CactusIsland people are sort of agents for the guys up here . I have spoken to one of them , who is a very experienced ex DPI . The dwarfs can be very hard to sprout , thus the expense . PLanting advice is very specific ,, digging a 1m x 1m x .5m deep hole , and improving soil and leaving top 10cm or so as a reservoir for water .

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                      • #12
                        OK, my wife has suprised me with three coconut seedlings , green, bronze and golder dwarf malay coconuts.
                        We have some info on planting.. but want to gather any collective wisdom.

                        In terms of locations I have a choice of anywhere up a gentle north facing slope from down in a little valley which runs with water after good rain, and stays relatively green all year round, to up on the slope where it gets better drainage, is drier etc.
                        My current thoughts are perhaps 10m from the creekline, add a good trailer load of manure, dig it through to make a mound, put down some raked grass for mulch and possibly weed mat I have lying around.. then plant into that. I'm also contemplating planting pigeon pea and / or queensland arrow root say, 1.5m from the plant around it to help protect it and create a bit of a "micro climate". I'm also contemplating making a small cover over it with light shade cloth just untill the risk of light frost passes.. thoughts?? particularly from those who've had these before.. Len?

                        thanks in advance

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                        • #13
                          I am sad to see someone recommend a short slow coconut tree. Coconuts are my favourite palm tree, not only for its yummy nut but for its lovely longness. Heaven knows getting nuts off them is no easy matter but if you are able to wait for them to fall, problem solved. Give your tree lots of water to make the nuts sweeter and yummier and to make it grow faster, particularly of course during the growing season. Short coconuts annoy me. But, to be fair, its your call as it will be your tree. :-)

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                          • #14
                            g'day ppp,

                            first be sure to give them full sun, not sure of what help it would be going over the top with enriched medium i simply planed as i would any other food tree, they will like the extra moisture, their natural habitat is growing in the sand along side the beach. the green is probably going to 20++ feet high before it fruits you will need to be inventive on how to harvest the ready fruit i think by the time they drop they are past prime, never heard of a bronze (only a brown which is a x-ed up golden), did you buy them all locally? nuts normally harvested while still firmly atached to the tree, that is when they are ripe, usually cut off or twisted off.

                            len

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                            • #15
                              Hi, I forwarded the info you sent me to my wife, and she got them from there I think.. maybe I have it wrong with the bronze one.. I'll have another look at the tag.

                              I think I'll plant them ~10m from the "creek" which is probably ~1.5m higher than where water runs when it rains..
                              The info we got suggests planting in a pit with mulch etc in the bottom... I 'm not sure they'll love being covered in water that much, so I think I'll have a pit with the downhill wall cut out to let out excess water.

                              Hi sunburn.. sounds like the dwarf varieties fruit quicker too which is nice, when you've got to wait for everything to bear.. plenty of room for a full size coconut in the future!

                              thanks

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