Coconut - DOs and DON'Ts


  • Select good mother palm
  • Plant the seedlings in the right season
  • Remove seed nuts that not germinated within 5 months
  • Transplant 9-12 month old seedlings
  • Fill up seedling pit with soil gradually every year by cutting from sides as the seedling grows
  • Remove soil accumulating at the collar region of the seedlings during rains
  • Adopt drip irrigation and fertigation wherever possible
  • Apply balanced manures and fertilizers based on soil test valve
  • Provision of proper drainage facilities to prevent bud rot
  • Follow drip irrigation to prevent spread of Basal Stem Rot
  • Follow waiting period of 45 days for each harvest when chemical pesticides are used
  • Use plant products and biocontrol agents always for pest and disease management
  • Hybrids should be grown under well managed conditions with assured irrigation   


  • Trees growing closer to house holds, cattle shed, compost pits and other favourable conditions to be avoided for mother palm selection.
  • Trees habitually producing barren nuts are to be avoided even though they may produce high yield for use as mother palm.
  • Don’t collect immature nuts as seed nuts
  • Avoid over crowding in storage.
  • Avoid planting in rainy season in low lying areas.
  • Avoid nursery in open area
  • Avoid horizontal sowing and too close / wide planting
  • Don’t transplant seedlings below 9 months and after 12 months of age.
  • Don’t plough the garden frequently
  • Excessive irrigation should be avoided
  • Avoid non judicious use of fertilizers
  • Avoid injuries to the stem/roots
  • Don’t cut green leaves
  • Don’t adopt flood irrigation
  • Pheromone traps should not be placed in direct sunlight
  • Do not grow hybrids in problem soils and water scarcity area.

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