The State Tree of Kerala is popular in all parts of India, and the best part is you can also grow it in the garden of your home!
The State Tree of Kerala not only produces one of the most unique fruits but also brings a tropical look to the landscape. Let’s have a look at all the details!
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State Tree of Kerala
The coconut is the official State Tree of Kerala. It is native to eastern tropical regions, and the people of the state of Kerala consider it the Land of Coconuts, which is also popular as ‘Nalikerathinte Naadu’ in the native language. The term coconut refers to the fruit of the coconut palm.
The fruit weighs around 1-2 kgs, with a thin, smooth, grey-brown epicarp, a fibrous 4-8 cm thick mesocarp, and a woody endocarp; as it is relatively light, it can be carried long distances by water while keeping its germinability for a long time. Inside the fruit are part liquid (coconut milk) and partially solid (flesh).
According to a study, coconut has antibacterial, anti-protozoan, and antiviral properties. Its consumption reduces the risk of heart disease and has significant hypocholesterolemic, antioxidant, and antithrombotic effects.
Botanical Name: Cocos nucifera
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How to Grow the State Tree of Kerala Indoors?
While growing the State Tree of Kerala indoors, ensure it gets plenty of sunlight all day. Pick a container that’s atleast 14-18 inches deep and wide. Also, use a well-draining growing medium and provide good humidity. Do remember that it won’t fruit while growing inside a house.
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Requirements to Grow the State Tree of Kerala
These palms thrive in full sun and need a minimum of 5-6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Choose a location in the garden that meets these requirements. Do not grow it in the shade.
Coconut is not fussy about the growing medium and would do just fine in the regular garden soil. Additionally, you can add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil to help it retain moisture.
Like many plants that love warmth and humidity, the coconut palm needs plenty of water. Keep the soil moist but not soggy by saturating it once or twice a week.
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Taking Care of the State Tree of Kerala
Fertilize coconut trees year-round with a balanced liquid fertilizer once in 4-6 weeks during their active growing period. You can also amend the soil with plenty of cow dung manure from time to time.
Pests and Diseases
In their native habitats, coconut palms are relatively resistant to pests and diseases. As long as it gets plenty of sunlight, it is pretty much resistant to problems.