How does a coconut grow?

The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm tree. The husk of the coconut is there so that the inner seed, or nut, will be cushioned when it falls to the ground.

This nut is about three to eight inches long.

Just inside the hard, dark shell is a layer of dense, white meat. The center of the coconut is filled with a watery liquid which is called “coconut milk”

If you have ever seen a coconut, you have noticed it has three “eyes”, which are really undeveloped buds. When a coconut is planted in the ground in its husk, a new sprout pushes through one of the eyes. And is a new palm begins to grow it takes about eight years before it bears any fruit.

How does a coconut grow?A mature coconut palm flowers throughout the year and almost always have a few ripe nuts. It may take a nut a year or more to mature, depending on the place and the kind it is. A palm produces an average of 50 nuts a year.

The coconut palm grows from 20 to 90 feet high and has a tuft of long, feathery leaves at the top. A leaf may be 10 to 20 feet long. Coconuts can be grown at elevations as high as 3,000 feet above sea level, but they are usually planted at lower elevations.

An unusual thing about this tree is that it can live in salt water, but it does not require salt water. The palm grows near the sea because its shallow roots can find moisture there.

The husk of the coconut is not harmed by salt water either. Which means that is a coconut falls into the sea it can be carried away many miles and take root on a some-far beach.


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