I was shipped a coconut palm seed that had two small leaves on it. As stated on instructions, I put it in a shallow water container, where it lives today. But now it is 6' tall. My question is how do I plant it? It has to stay indoors. What soil does it need, how will I know when it needs water, etc. ? I basically need to know how to keep it alive.
Go ahead and plant it in soil that is 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 sand or vermiculite. It probably should have been moved to soil some time ago, but it sounds like teh company did not tell you that, so you wouldnot have known. I will warn you that at this point in time, if it has grown in water until it is 6 feet tall, it may not take well to being planted in soil. Some plants just get use to what they grow in and then don't like to move. But, you can give it a try and see if it works. If you seeit not taking well, you can always move it back to water. But, to help it try to be as successful a move as possible, be sure to water very frequently.
Here is an article on growing coconuts and their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/coconut/growing-coconut-palm-trees.htm
What happens if a coconut is just allowed to germinate and sprout vertically and not 'the coconut point side down'? Some planters say it will bear less than three nuts at fruiting age; is it true? Experienced planters in Basey, Samar, and Philippines say the nut for planting should be chopped on its side and that the chopped side should kiss the soil so that at fruiting time, you can harvest more than 25 nuts per tree.
I've heard of two ways to get a coconut to germinate~
One way is to plant the coconut pointed end down with the end that was attached to the tree, pointing upward. This method is used when growing in a container.
The other way, when planting in the ground, is to just roll it on the ground and the position it stops in, is the position to plant it in, which will be on it's side. Apparently, the natives of the Philippines agree with this method.
Good luck...you've got a lot more patience than I do!
I need to know what kind of grow lights I need for my coconut tree. I live in Michigan, and it's very cold here. They need some kind of grow lights through the winter.
Plain fluorescent lights will work just fine for overwintering a plant. You need to have the lights about 12" or closer from the leaves.
I need information on how to grow a coconut.
This article will help you:
How can I grow a coconut tree outside in Kentucky?
It cannot grow year round outside where you live, but can be kept as a houseplant that comes inside in the winter and outside in the summer. This article will help with its care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/coconut/growing-coconut-palm-trees.htm
I would like to make wedding table centerpieces where I have a young coconut palm growing from the nut in water with no soil. Is this idea feasible? I had been to a party once where the coffee table had a coconut palm growing from the nut in a bowl with water and some clear stones and always thought that looked great.
If you can find enough sproutable coconuts and you have enough room, this would be feasible.
The black soot is more on plants under palms and coconut trees.
It sounds like sooty mold, which is a symptom of several kinds of pests. I recommend treating the plants with neem oil. This will kill any pests on the plant and treat the sooty mold as well. Here is more information: