Relocating Coconut Palm Trees - Before and After
Here in the Hawaiian Islands there's a real need for mature landscaping to make your property more attractive. It's not really tropical looking without coconut palms is it?
If you don't have time to wait for those beautiful coconut palm trees to grow, why not just plant some big ones? There's no shortage of coconut palms growing in Haiku Maui, where there's plenty of rain and sunshine for growth, and they just sprout up from the fallen nuts, like weeds! If you know the right people you can pick out some good specimens, and have them dug up, loaded onto a truck and hauled to your new home.
These 2 young palm trees were growing in a protected valley in Huelo, Haiku. That's my hubby on the backhoe carefully digging aroung their root balls. Coconut trees are pretty easy to relocate because they have a relatively small root ball. It's a good idea to cut off many of the outer fronds since they just get in the way and end up dying later. The palms can tolerate a fair amount of rough handling as long as they don't get too dried out. Dig them, move them and plant them the same day for best results. The really big ones are much trickier to move as you can imagine. That takes special equipment and a big budget. When a new resort goes in, they spare no expense and you will see rows of majestic, tall palms in the landscape. They can't afford to wait for them to grow, but they can afford to have it now.
Before setting the trees in place, be sure to have a well prepared hole, with some nutrients added. Once the trees are planted, water them thoroughly and soak the roots. A good watering every day or two for the first couple of weeks will really help them on their way. It won't be long before they take hold and start reaching for the sky.
It's really satisfying to plant your own coconut trees and watch them grow, and then harvest the nuts!
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