Common Name: Coconut palm
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
One of the most recognisable palms, the coconut palm can grow to the lofty height of 30m (100ft) tall. It thrives in sandy soil and can tolerate large amounts of salt water, hence its common appearance at the edge of tropical sandy beaches. Its huge green leaves are used for making everything from roof thatching to sun hats, and its round, hairy fruits (coconuts) are a familiar sight in grocer's shops around the world. Given its preference for tropical or subtropical climates, it's only really suitable for indoor cultivation in the UK. Plants can be bought with the distinctive coconut fruit still at the base of the plant, but these palms are difficult houseplants to keep as they require constant high humidity and temperatures. In such conditions, they should be grown on a well-drained sandy soil rich in lime and potash.
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