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#1 Palmateer

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:56 AM

Some have claimed the Newport Beach Coconut might be the farthest north in the ground with sustained growth, at around 33 degrees, 37 minutes latitude.

Please submit any other farthest from equator claims - be sure to include exact latitude position, north or south.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:07 PM

How far north are the Canary Islands? Bermuda? Others? How about south latitudes? Any Cocos on the north tip of New Zealand? South Africa? Southern Australia?
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:31 PM

Bermuda is 32 20 N.  Lots of coconuts growing well with no added care. I'd say the Canaries take the prize.  I wonder if the Azores would be able to grow coconuts. They are quite north, even further than the Canary Islands, but the average low temperatures are not that cold. What do you think?

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:28 PM

My belief is in South Africa, at around 34S. Can anyone in SA confirm this. Is Dennis still around on the forum, he'd know.

Canary Islands are around 28N. I'd doubt any on the Northern tip of NZ, and there are some coconuts growing around 32S in southern Oz, but definitely not further south, too wet and gloomy in winter.

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:38 PM

Hi Guys

Ty: I am still here sometimes!

Yes, there are some beauties at 33 S East London, and some ok plants in PE at 34 S, most at 34S look like the Newport beach Cocos. Here at 30S there are plenty! There are reports of some nice plants in Cape Town also at 34 S....I havent seen them however so I wouldnt put my head on the block!

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:43 PM

Hi Guys

Ty: I am still here sometimes!

Yes, there are some beauties at 33 S East London, and some ok plants in PE at 34 S, most at 34S look like the Newport beach Cocos. Here at 30S there are plenty! There are reports of some nice plants in Cape Town also at 34 S....I havent seen them however so I wouldnt put my head on the block!

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:35 AM

Hello Dennis from the other side of the Indian Ocean!!! (Don't you just love this worldwide forum thing) It's great to hear from you.

I thought that you once said some were growing at Port Elizabeth around 34S. In the west of Oz 34S is around Cape Leeuwin, and expecting a coconut to grow there is like expecting to see a pig fly. Real cold and blowy where the Southern ocean meets the Indian.

Now all we need to do is check the exact lat long of Port Elizabeth to see if it's further away from the equator than Newport Beach.

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:48 AM

Hi Ty

Ja this internet thing is great! PE is exactly 33 59' S     25 36' E so you could say 34S without much of a problem. There are some in PE, I was reffering to Cape town.....there I have only heard stories!

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:52 AM

PE stats

The figures below are : Highest recorded, Average daily Max, Average daily Min, Lowest temp recorded. The rest of the figures are rainfall.

January        39  25  18  10  36  9  68  
February      38  25  18  11  40  9  121  
March           41  25  17  8  54  10  224  
April             39  23  14  4  58  9  105  
May             35  22  12  2  59  9  76  
June            32  20  9  -1  62  8  60  
July             33  20  9  -1  47  8  99  
August       34  20  10  2  64  10  77  
September 39  20  11  2  62  9  429  
October      39  21  13  3  59  11  46  
November  36  22  15  6  49  11  52  
December   36  24  16  9  34  9  95  
Year             41  22  14  -1  624  112  429
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 04:59 AM


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PE stats

The figures below are : Highest recorded, Average daily Max, Average daily Min, Lowest temp recorded. The rest of the figures are rainfall.

January 39 25 18 10 36 9 68
February 38 25 18 11 40 9 121
March 41 25 17 8 54 10 224
April 39 23 14 4 58 9 105
May 35 22 12 2 59 9 76
June 32 20 9 -1 62 8 60
July 33 20 9 -1 47 8 99
August 34 20 10 2 64 10 77
September 39 20 11 2 62 9 429
October 39 21 13 3 59 11 46
November 36 22 15 6 49 11 52
December 36 24 16 9 34 9 95
Year 41 22 14 -1 624 112 429[/quote]
Looking at that Perth is a tad cooler than PE in winter but considerably hotter in summer with more rainfall. That would be because of the warmer ocean currents keeping the winter temps up a bit, but providing some cooling humidity in summer in PE. From all this data it would appear that to grow a Cocos you need at least a 20C average in the coolest months, but keeping the soil dry in winter. I will try to emulate that type of microclimate with my Cocos attempt.

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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 05:51 AM

I posted this in the Newport coconut post so I am copying it to here;

Cocoa Beach and St. Petersburg most likely are the furthest north in FL that coconuts have survived long term (post 12/89 freeze survivors). Since then they have been planted  north and inland (Orlando,Daytona Beach) but none survived the 12/89 freeze.

How far north in Africa along the coasts do coconuts grow?

Arabia/Persian Gulf region?

what about India and China?

and how far north and south in Pacific Islands like Midway or Norfolk Island?

Also, do coconuts grow in the Azores?
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 06:15 AM

In the Original post Eric is referring to I mentioned pictures of large mature coconuts on a Grecian Island.I believe Michael from Greece has extensive information.Is it possible that coconuts can be sucessfully grown in that area,which is 36 to37 degrees latitude.This is the International Network at it's best!
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:22 PM

Dubai has coconuts, I've seen pics of large ones, not sure of lat though.

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:42 PM

Tyrone,Latitude of Dubai is 25/11.I think you were watching the same golf tournament I was!
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:19 PM

Man-made sand coconuts dont count!  Man-made sand phoenix palms...maybe.
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:22 PM


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Bermuda is 32 20 N.  Lots of coconuts growing well with no added care. I'd say the Canaries take the prize.  I wonder if the Azores would be able to grow coconuts. They are quite north, even further than the Canary Islands, but the average low temperatures are not that cold. What do you think?

Mike F[/quote]
I've seen a picture of Funchal's harbor with quite large trunking coconuts growing along the waterfront. Funchal is at 32 37' 60 N.
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:26 PM


(Tyrone @ Dec. 19 2007,04:35)
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Hello Dennis from the other side of the Indian Ocean!!! (Don't you just love this worldwide forum thing) It's great to hear from you.

I thought that you once said some were growing at Port Elizabeth around 34S. In the west of Oz 34S is around Cape Leeuwin, and expecting a coconut to grow there is like expecting to see a pig fly. Real cold and blowy where the Southern ocean meets the Indian.

Now all we need to do is check the exact lat long of Port Elizabeth to see if it's further away from the equator than Newport Beach.

Best regards

Tyrone[/quote]
Port Elizabeth, South Africa: 3357′29″S 2536′00″E

Newport Beach, California: 3337′0″N 11753′51″W

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 05:53 PM

Please report this to the Salton Sea thread.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 06:19 AM

The New Port Beach coconut is prima facie evidence that coconuts,while stunted,grow in California.Can you provide evidence of the Port Elizabeth coconut?I still would like to hear from Greece.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 11:25 PM

Here is a pic of the Perth one from a couple of yrs ago. It's still going fine now. It's been planted in poor old Perth beach sand.
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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 11:27 PM

Here's my new coconut when I first planted it a month ago.
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And today

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Millbrook, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Winter 8C to 16C min/max, Summer 15C to 24C min/max. Approx 850mm rainfall with a winter peak. Driest month Feb with 25mm. 9km (5miles) from Southern Ocean. 6km (3.5miles) from Oyster Harbour. 13m asl. 1/3 clay, 2/3 peat soil on a flood plain.

 

It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

The Tropical Look


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Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:37 AM

Kew gardens 51N , produces coconuts every year.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 03:57 AM

Nigel,Good one!I do not think the New Port Beach plaque qualifies in door or outdoor!
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Kew gardens 51N , produces coconuts every year.[/quote]
Nigel,

Kew gardens do it's still there? I have read that it was remove, because he was too big for the greenhouse?

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:36 PM


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I still would like to hear from Greece.[/quote]
That is certainly a very good question.

I can tell you 100% that a coconut seedling that is purchased from a supermarket in Northern Europe  ( simular in size and early cultural conditions as the ones everyone tries to grow in California ) WILL NOT GROW IN GREECE.  They burn in the hot sun, manage to throw out a couple of leaves, and later perish in the winter rains. Usually gone by Christmas.

I can't tell you 100% that bringing a boatload of mature coconut trees in and setting them up on an island close to the sea would not lead to a couple of palms surviving.

I also wouldn't rule out the chances 100% of a 5 year old cocunut palm brought in from the Canaries ( which I do plan on trying next time I can get over there ) if placed in just the right location.  added some of the techniques from Tiajuana / Del Mar would certainly increase it's chances.

Factor in the fact that this is the warmest part of Greece. Water temps in an optimum location bottom out at 22 degrees in the winter - much warmer than the water across the street from the Newport Beach location.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:26 PM

Also Bubba.

Further to the Onassis' question:

Onassis private island is called Skorpios. It is located in Northwest Greece, South of Patras. The lattitude is 38 degrees, USDA 10a, winter water temps as high as maybe 17. Those temps are still warmer than the water across the street from the Newport Beach coconut.

Onassis spent 5 years with a large crew building his island paradise. He had unlimited resources - BILLIONS of dollars, a shipping empire, hell even an international airline - which by the way, is the only domestic service to function within a nation composed largely of islands ( the standard joke in Greece is that passenger planes often land on islands with nothing more than a crew and a shipment of Athens newspapers ).

Bringing 100 or 200 coconut trees to turn his island retreat into a miniature Jamaica would have been no problem for this man. Repeating the process every year would also not be a problem.

One further note, pictures of the island I have located via google show little sign of any palm other than what appears to be a standard mature edible date palm - readily avaialable, 150% hardy and cheap as hell. Perhaps pictures exist of a Coconut-lined beach, but I haven't seen one.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 07:22 PM

Maurice, Thank you for your reply and it sounds like a perfect microclimate you have in Greece to grow a coconut palm at a world record Latitude.The picture I saw of the coconuts on his Island were definitely on the beach.Good luck and please let us know your results.
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 12:01 PM

I thought I had psoted on this thread, but possibly it was the Newport Beach coconut thread, about coconuts growing at about 35 deg S. latitude at the north of New Zealand.  Apparently coconuts drift southward from the tropics on ocean currents and wash onto a few northern N.Z. beaches.  At one place a few years ago there were discovered a couple on a remote beach which had sprouted and been alive long enough even to form some trunk, even though very stunted.
I believe it was in the IPS journal, Palms, that a picture or two were shown, or perhaps it was on this message board.  Anyone recall?  Any other southern hemisphere contenders for the furthest south record?
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 05:26 PM

I know about a coconut that was technically growing in NZ but it was on the Kermadec Islands which is at 29S and right in the middle of the subtropics. But I'd like to know of any growing on mainland NZ. Anyone know about it?

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 02:18 PM

I was perhaps recalling the Kermedec coconut and just remembering New Zealand connected with it.  I think the photos with article could have distracted my mind from the details.  If anyone knows for certain please correct me.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:00 PM

I think what makes the climate of Port Elizabeth and the East Coast of South Africa in general special for its southerly latitude is a) the warm Agulhas Current brings warm waters down the coast out of the tropics and B) mountains near to and parallel with the coast exclude cold air from the interior. In addition Southern Hemisphere climates tend to be more oceanic than those in the north due to there being so much more ocean in the South.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:18 PM

Ed, You are in Cape Town,where Dennis referred to nice Coconut specimens growing at 34S.Could you confirm?I have a relative in Spain working on them at 36N.We all would like to hear from Maurice in the Grecian Islands at 37N.Maurice.....
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:17 PM

I haven't heard of any coconuts growing in NZ, I believe it gets to cold in the winter. At most they would only survive one summer before slowly surcoming to death by cold. I think the palm Garrin was referring to was the stunted, yet growing coconut palm on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec group, technically part of New Zealand, but quite a while away. I believe the palm has since died, and the photo was salvaged from an old post on this forum.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:08 PM

I believe that if I lived in Sydney and had the right microclimate I would be able to grow a coconut palm. Sydney is 34 degrees South. How long it would grow is another thing. So size does matter.
Mine is well over 30 feet and Iam at 31.25 south. I know of two which are south of me but still in the Port Macquarie district and only afew feet of trunk. Of course just north of me at Southwest Rocks, about 2hours drive, two coconuts palms are much older and look very healthy.
I would like to see one farther south and larger than mine. Anyone know of any?
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:24 AM

Ed, You are in Cape Town,where Dennis referred to nice Coconut specimens growing at 34S.Could you confirm?I have a relative in Spain working on them at 36N.We all would like to hear from Maurice in the Grecian Islands at 37N.Maurice.....


Hi, I am in Cape Town, but I've never seen a coconut growing here and would rather doubt they could. I just think the climate is too cool and wet in winter. It is cooler and wetter in the coldest months than San Diego. Cape Town has an average low/high for the coldest month of 7/17C (45/63 F) and 16/26C (61/79 F) for the warmest month. San Diego is 9/18C (48/64 F) for the coldest month and 20/24 (68/75 F) for the warmest month. Cape Town is also wetter in winter, receiving 83 mm or 3.3 inches in the coldest month, while San Diego receives 58 mm or 2.3 inches.

Cape Town is actually a fraction further North than Port Elizabeth but the climate is rather different. At Port Elizabeth the warm Agulhas current brings waters from the Mozambique Channel and that warm the climate and causes a climate without any real dry season (its wetter in winter than summer, but the summer rainfall is more than half of the winter rainfall). Further west towards Cape Town the Agulhas Current meets cold waters from Antarctica and the climate transitions into a Mediterranean type one with cooler, wet winters and dry summers. The same cold currents make the whole West coast of Southern Africa as far north as Angola rather arid and creates the Namib Desert.

If we are looking for high latitude coconuts, perhaps the Atlantic coast of South America would be a good place to look. I seem to think a humid tropical/subtropical climate extends into higher latitudes than one may expect there too. I think you can eliminate the Pacific coast of South America as that is well known for being cooled by Antarctic currents. 34N cuts through the coast of China well north of Shanghai, where the average low/high for the coldest month is 1/8 C (34/46 F) so that can certainly be ruled out. We've heard from Australia, so for continental coastlines that just leaves North Africa and the Mediterranean area. However even at Alexandria in Egypt (3111′N) averages for the coldest month are no higher than San Diego, though summer is hotter.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 07:54 AM

I saw one growing in San Clemente, CA yesterday. It's been there for a few years.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 08:01 AM

Is San Clemente North of Newport.I don't think it is.Could you take some pictures?
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 08:26 AM

Is San Clemente North of Newport.I don't think it is.Could you take some pictures?


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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:27 AM

I think the most likely suspects to challenge Newport or Port Elizabeth(the record holder at just under 34)are Southern Andalucia Spain,(ie 36)Greek Islands(ie36-38)or possibly Austalia around Sydney or South of Perth(ie 34)So the record for established Coconuts remains Newport in the Northern Hemishere(33/37N)and Port Elizabeth/SA in the South(33/57)Show me your Coconuts!
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:39 PM

Well it's not competition for those palms over 30 but when we lived in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, at 25N, there were coconuts everywhere that produced lots of coconuts. It seemed strange to see them because it was not a coastal location and they somehow seemed out of place. But they were beautiful. And Mymensingh is practically on the same latitude as where I live in Texas, and there aren't any coconuts around Wharton County....
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