Growing a coconut palm tree from a seed doesn't take a lot of work, but it does take a lot of time and patience. My son researched techniques for growing coconuts and discovered that by placing a coconut in a large plastic bag with a bit of water it would sprout. He tried it and it worked. That was just over one year ago.
Here are previous blog posts from when he was just beginning to sprout the coconut.
Coconut - Eating Seeds
Coconut - Activities with Plants
It's now been twelve months. The coconut still rests inside the plastic bag on our kitchen window sill and the coconut palm is about 1 foot tall. This has been one of his most satisfying plant experiments and I recommend it for any young children interested in plants and science.
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