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COLDEST DWARF COCONUT


mirandamavrogianni

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  • What is/are the most cold hardy DWARF * coconut variety(ies) you are familiar with? 
  • Have these varieties been successfully grown? If so, where in the world?

 

Bonus thought: I'm curious about where across the entire planet is the northern most coconut grown and what variety it is. 

 

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My goal is to successfully grow and fruit a coconut tree in Mílos, Greece. 

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Give us info on the climate you live in. What are the average winter temps (high/low) in Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar? What are the highest/lowest temps you have experienced? Does it snow there? How much/often? Are you willing to protect and provide supplemental heat should need arise? Have you seen coconut palms growing successfully in your town?

Be aware there is no such thing as a “coldhardy” coconut palm, dwarf or otherwise. Cocos nucifera is one of the most cold sensitive palms in the world. Another concept you need to learn is “cool sensitivity”. Coconuts and other tropical palms cannot survive periods of cool/chilly temps. They demand temps greater than 30C, full sunshine, high humidity and warm rain in summer. They cannot photosynthesize when winter temps fall below 10C and will starve. In Hawaii coconut palms planted above 1,000 ft elevation do not produce viable seeds.

Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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On 1/29/2024 at 9:32 AM, PalmatierMeg said:

Give us info on the climate you live in. What are the average winter temps (high/low) in Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar? What are the highest/lowest temps you have experienced? Does it snow there? How much/often? Are you willing to protect and provide supplemental heat should need arise? Have you seen coconut palms growing successfully in your town?

Be aware there is no such thing as a “coldhardy” coconut palm, dwarf or otherwise. Cocos nucifera is one of the most cold sensitive palms in the world. Another concept you need to learn is “cool sensitivity”. Coconuts and other tropical palms cannot survive periods of cool/chilly temps. They demand temps greater than 30C, full sunshine, high humidity and warm rain in summer. They cannot photosynthesize when winter temps fall below 10C and will starve. In Hawaii coconut palms planted above 1,000 ft elevation do not produce viable seeds.

Margaret summed it up

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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