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Has anyone had any success with growing coconuts south of queensland? any tips/ secrets?
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David says...
Have observed coconut palms growing quite happily at Byron bay,and fruiting as well i might add.I asume because of the extreme southerly location that it takes years to get to the fruiting stage, if at all in some cases.
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Speedy says...
Coconut -the most useful tree in the world and one of my all time favorites.
I'd say from my experience that Gold Coast to Byron Bay area would be the southern limit for fruiting of coconut.

Growth of the trees this far south can be painfully slow and fruiting unreliable, with nuts often not forming meat fully covering the inside of the shell.

Also the nuts often tend to be sort of football shaped making it difficult to scrape out the meat to make milk/cream.

Quality can vary a lot from year to year.

Most of the trees observed didn't appear to have been given much attention or care re. fert, watering etc.

Some trees on the Gold Coast, however do fruit regularly with well shaped nuts.
These would be the trees to select from to grow new trees to try in Mullumbimby.

For the best chance of success around Mullum, select an elevated site (up off the flats) out of the frost, north or north-easterly facing slope well protected from cold southerly winds in a rich well drained soil and keep well fed and watered.

Plant as many as you have the space for in a mixed fruit garden.
They could take 20yrs to fruit maybe 10yrs if they're looked after, who knows?
It'd be a worthwhile project though.

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trikus says...
Best choice for southern growers would be the dwarf fruiting varieties . A local DPI guy has built up a range of many different types up here . First fruits often sit on the ground ! These bear much earlier than the normal tall types , and are excellent drinking types , tasting very sweet .
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trikus says...
they guy who sells cocotap , a great invention that taps the liquid in a coconut [ has site ] used to have a link to buy these dwarfs .
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Speedy says...
'Malay dwarf' and other simmilar dwarf varieties may be , so I've heard, more sensetive to cold.
Their compact size however, would enable a southern grower to protect them more easily with climate shelter, and also potentially longer fruitful life down low out of the wind.
Worth a go for sure.
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CactusIsland says...
Hi all,
We can now supply a range of dwarf coconuts (germinated nuts) including Malayan Green Dwarf, Golden Dwarf, Red Dwarf, Spicata Dwarf & others via mail order throughout Australia (except Tassie). We can send un-germinated coconuts to Western Australia as well. Email for enquiries! Cheers, El - CactusIsland Nursery
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Alex S. says...
Don't know if this helps and have no idea what the coconuts would be like. But here's a interesting link:

http://division2news.blogspot.com/2008/04/what-lovely-bunch-of-coconuts-in.html

And guess what, I live about 400m from this house. The looks healthy enough.
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Alex S. says...
By the way Goodna is located SW of Brisbane towards Ipswich. I gets colder here then in Brisbane. And we get around 10-15 frosts a year
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denise says...
Hi folks, according to a coconut expert in florida, the coconut palm growth stops at 48F. At 55F to 80F the growth increases 5 fold. Hotter than that and you may need a water supply. Cold tolerance may vary a little from that. Good luck at converting those figures to Celsius. I am growing nuts without husks whenever I see them in stores with a hint of a sprout.
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golly says...
I live in the Northern suburbs of Sydney,I want a tree variety which will grow and if so would like to have one and if you could send me the cost involved.
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David says...
Took the rare oportunity to take a break at coffs harbour on the way back to brisbane from sydney back in may this year .Never really seen much of coffs but to my surprise there against a brick wall was a small coconut palm growing quite happily on a property down near the ocean.The leaves would have been 1 to 1.5 metres long.I didnt think this was possible this far south.So ok all you out there see if you can top this,the most southerly growing coconut palm.Cheers
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trikus says...
I planted a small sprouted nut when I first shifted here 5 years ago .
I got fruit from a mate with lovely Malay Gold dwarf , the small plant is 2 years old .
Another 3 years and I have the first flower , hopefully some fruit next year.
There is a great bearing tree in Childers down the side street going to the Post Office Hotel , from memory its in the yard of the attached house to the 'Olde Butcher shop'
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fruitguy says...
Where can i buy dwarf coconut palm tree, that will fruit?
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trikus says...
Nowhere , they will not fruit in Sydney .
My tree blew over in yasi , and I have gradually jacked it up top approx 30 degrees.
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Steven says...
Coconut palms are such a beautiful palm. I love seeing them along beaches. its a shame they cant be grown down south along victorian beaches :(
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snottiegobble says...
yeah, theyre nearly all canary island date palms in St kilda but never any dates either!
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coconut fan says...
I'm interested in getting a couple of dwarf coconuts, the green and the yellow varieties if they are available to buy, can you help with this please, if so what is the price and the postage for a couple of trees?

Look forward to your reply

Thanking you
Tapu
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Mike says...
They are quite common up here especially the orangey Malay Dwarf and get quite tall after 15 years or so.The coconuts are better quality and the trees are supposedly less cold tolerant.The only nursery I have seen selling shot coconuts is Limberlost.
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John Mc says...
Keep your eye out here at Daley's also. They sell named varieties from time to time as well and can send them to your door via courier.

Here's the link to Daley's coconut plants, there's none for sale as at 25 June, but. as I said, they do come up for sale from time to time.
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coconut fan says...
Thanks John, I'll check the link weekly and hopefully they'll become available soon.

regardss
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green says...
There is a yielding palm at diggers camp south of yamba, found on the beach and planted.
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trikus says...
Taken 2 years for mine to get over Yasi .. flowers galore ..
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John Mc says...
Recently found out that mine may be "Forest" Coconuts. Each frond leaf has a window starting at the base of the frond rib that gets longer as the plant matures till the frond leaves separate totally.
Apparently, they flooded the market a few years ago when a specialist nursery went broke.
No wonder the retail nurseryman couldn't tell me the cultivar.

Can anyone confirm this for sure with the pic shown?
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denise1 says...
Perhaps the forest coconuts you have are from the Iron range N.P.
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trikus says...
BEAUTIFUL PALMS , they are Beccariophoenix madagascariensis , will grow up to look very much like a coconut . Mix up with common names as Forest Coconut is another rare Madagascan sp . with an ever harder to say and spell name http://www.palms.org/principes/1992/vol36n3p124-127.pdf

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Mike says...
Not too many native coconuts in Iron Range or Australia for that matter.There is a diverse gene pool and some will be more cold hardy than others for sure.Melanesia and polynesia has a bunch of types and it would be good to have those,the SE Asian and Indian Ocean types in Australia.
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jakfruit yetihut says...
Orania palm? When I went to Mount Lewis in FNQ I thought who planted all the weird coconut seedlings around the old tracks up there.
Turned out to be Orania. Maybe these are the forest coconuts ?
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Mike says...
Oraniopsis appendiculata is also in many places in the wet tropics above 700m and not that much like coconuts and not on Cape York.You'd have a white lemuroids' chance in the Simpson of finding them in cultivation.
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trikus says...
Some Oraniopsis appendiculata down here at near sea level . So slow and yes very rare in cultivation.Beccariophoenix madagascariensis are as common as muck in comparison .. many planted on median stripes in middle of road into Cairns .
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Mike says...
Come to think of it some low ones at Fishery Falls,Hervey Creek and along a few other creek lines off the B'ker Range.
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Tony Crusoe says...
Coconuts require a mean temperature of 20C or higher.
Nut-bearing specimens grow at Coolangatta, 28 10′ S and I've seen palms grow well at Yamba, NSW, 29 26′ S. Seaworld on the Gold Coast, 28S, has numerous mature coconut palms many producing a good crop of nuts each year, but while some produce well others dont seem to progress far beyond the flowering stage.
I have shot many coconuts at my home in Southport. It takes 15 years plus for viable nuts to be produced at 28S latitude.
Choose a nut in which you can hear water slosh when shaken.
1. Plant coconut bottom point down buried
2. Give plenty of light and water
3. Allow 3 to 6 months for shoot to appear
4. Fertilize with Nitrophoska & Potassium Chloride
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Jaya says...
Does anyone know if I can get coconut seedlings in Perth?
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Jaya says...
Does anyone know if I can get coconut seedlings in Perth?
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Jaya says...
Does anyone know if I can get coconut seedlings in Perth?
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Noi says...
Hi I am visiting Gold Coast in the coming week do you know if I can get some coconuts for drinking and small tree to grow from?
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Shayani says...
Hey, anyone know a place to buy coconut shells (waste)???
If you know please let me know!!!
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Behind the service station a k or so before Port Douglas turn off is a dealer in coconut products .. mate would buy a big trailer load of coconut husks to age and chop up for potting media additions .
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jerry says...
Alex S.
I just saw that palm growing in Goodna, read the article and am amazed and am amazed. I always thought there was no hope for growing down in northern rivers, but it has been rekindled.
Is there any way you think I could get in touch with the owner for some nuts and try to breed one that would consistently do well here. It may never work, but just seems like a lot of fun to me.
Cheers, Jerry.
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denise1 says...
As with many really tropical trees, it is the first 2 to 5 years that are critical and then they get more hardy. Start them off in a temporary cover with great soil not getting too wet.
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Wampa says...
I'm from Perth and have a lovely Fijian dwarf coconut growing very happily. I don't own a greenhouse and even in the winter it has put out 3-4 new fronds without any special care. It is also in a large pot as I don't have a permanent place in the ground for it at the moment. Very pleased with it and it seems to be low maintenance. Should also add that the palm is approx 2 years old, maybe a bit less.
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2 says...
Hi Wampa, where did you get your coconut plant from please?
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Wampa says...
Hi 2, I got her from a backyard seller south of the river, last year. He had a limited stock of them, so I'm unsure if he is still selling them.
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totallyjezzball says...
Heya - I want to buy some of your coconutsCactus Island but I can't contact you... Please advise!
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symiot says...
totallyjezzball, you won't get any luck here I'm afraid. This is a public forum not a Daley's contact board if that's who you're chasing.
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Julie W says...
If you click on 'shop' on top left hand side you should be able to contact Daleys.
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stephen bridge says...
Gday there are quite a few cocont trees growing in Port Macquarie plus one at North Haven they dont set viable seed
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Toai says...
I would like to buy Malaysian dwarf coconut .please email me or ring me on 0478197464.Thanks
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