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Bosai starts with ...
Have anyone successfully grown coconut trees in Melbourne? If so, have you managed to get fruits (coconuts) from your tree. How long does it take? Appreciate a response as I am seriously thinking of planting this in my front yard this summer.
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Bosai
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Once upon the time, I brought some sprouted nuts home and grown them in pots in Victoria. I did cover the plants in winter with plastic sheets. I gave them lots of love and attention and they did not grow any extra leaves that Summer and got rotten the following year and I never tried again.
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Bosai says...
Thanks Jube for the response. Sounds like it will not succeed in Melbourne. I tried planting Pandanus Amaryllifolius (Pandan) last year (September 2012) in the backyard in a sunny sheltered spot and it grew very well but died in July this year due to the cold despite every effort to cover it in clear plastic sheets. I guess that your coconut tree went the same way.
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Jason says...
Anything that grows on the beach in the tropics can go directly to the impossible baskets for Melbourne. They won't tolerate night time temps below the sea temp of the tropics
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BJ says...
Can be grown down to Coffs along the coast. Some types Produce well around gold coast tweed area. I've been trying really hard to kill mine over the past few years, but its hanging in there. You could try Chilean palm in Melbourne, which has little coconuts, but it will reportedly take 20+ years to fruit. At least it will fruit though.
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3rd October 2013 9:12am
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Bosai says...
Thanks to all for the responses. I guess that you all saved me the effort of growing it here in Melbourne. By the way, coconut trees do not need to be in sandy soil (as in beach sand) but silty condition is best. They do not need salty environs as well. They grow very well in well drain condition. Cheers.
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Linton says...
Miniature Coconuts - Cocos weddelliana (Weddell's Palm)

I would like to know if the miniature coconut tree - Lytocaryum weddellianum - is worth growing for it's small coconut-like nuts. As it is stated as being cold tolerant down to -4 deg C. and can take light frosts, it should be possible to cultivate in Melbourne. And since we can't grow real coconuts down here, they might present as an interesting alternative.

But first I need to know if the nuts are any good for eating or not.

According to some published data - "e;After flowering, it produces small edible fruits that resemble and taste like coconuts."e;

Has anyone ever tried them? Need to know how they are. Thanks.

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Markmelb says...
Yes Linton - Weddliana Palm is very pretty fine leafed fronds - I kept one alive for a few years a long time ago but it never fruited as may need a male?
If i grew now with more knowledge could be a different story but happy with the 35yo Bangalow in a pot the 14 yo Raphis and Kentia named after me ;)

I saw Raphis Excelsa growing in the Jungle in Indo at Gragagan on a surf trip a few years ago and they can take lots shade and hot dry as well as super wet conditions.
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Linton says...
Did you grow the Weddelliana Palm inside or outdoors? Any idea about where to get an advanced one in Melbourne.....they seem to be a bit scarce here and the place that used to have them has closed down. Thanks.
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Carl76 says...
Can anyone suggest a good dwarf variety for Brisbane.
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Theposterformerlyknownas says...
Don't have them fruiting as yet, but the green grows twice as fast as the gold, which should mean it will fruit quicker. Its quite fast growing for a 'dwarf'.
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Carl76 says...
Thanks BJ.
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