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Can I remove young coconuts from palm?

Coconut    Celestun Mexico

I'm having some issues with the coconuts by my home. Someone has said not to pick the young coconuts as removing them kills the plant. Is this a fact? I am just reading your article about the diseases of coconuts - good to know. Will print the sheet and ensure we keep it onto.We are located in the Yucatan directly on the gulf. Any other suggestions?

Thank you.
Krysia


Posted by: Krysia (2 points) Krysia
Posted: December 5, 2013




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Hi Krysia
I have found nothing in the literature to suggest that removing the coconut kills the plant. I added a few more references to our coconut info page.
(also here http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/horticultu...
http://www.agroforestry.net/tti/Cocos... )

I suspect it is was a problem I would have found some mention of it. There are recommendations on how to prune to achieve a wide canopy and this involves removing the drupes (as the coconuts are called) so I can see no reason why that would harm the plant.



Posted by: David Hughes (43 points) David Hughes
Posted: December 6, 2013


Lindsay McMenemy commented,
I couldn't find any mention of anything detrimental happening when young fruit were removed either...
almost 6 years ago.

Krysia commented,
Thank you…. that seems to be consistent with the info I have found. Now to get on top of a possible virus that is causing trees to die.

almost 6 years ago.

Lindsay McMenemy commented,
Krysia, if you can take some photos we can try to help you diagnose the disease. Just post a new question with the photos attached
almost 6 years ago.



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You can cut them off if you like - my dad has done it for years.

However, why would you want to? Coconuts are one of the healthiest nuts on planet earth!


Posted by: David Goodman (67 points) David Goodman
Posted: December 7, 2013


Krysia commented,
I definitely want to remove the green ones so I can drink the water. I agree, coconuts are very healthy. One of the neighbours has been discouraging picking the green nuts saying it kills the tree. I wanted "expert advice". Thank you for the assistance!
almost 6 years ago.

David Goodman commented,
Ah-ha!

Don't worry about that, then. That won't hurt the tree a bit. Sometimes people cut off the young inflorescence because they just don't want the nuts... that always struck me as a particularly wasteful madness.

almost 6 years ago.



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