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Dwarf Coconuts (Samoan & Malaysians) and Selected Tall Coconuts - $30 (Pahoa)

I have bareroot Samoan and Malaysian coconut sprouts for sale. Leaf height ranges from 1 - 4 feet in general, occasionally if I have less in stock they might be smaller. Da kine! They are $30 each, 4 for $110, 8 or more $25 each.

I also have what I call Selected Tall coconuts. These are offsprings from the finest drinking coconuts I have access to. Selected for productivity, flavor, and ratio of juice to husk. These are $15 each.

I also have Malaysian dwarfs in 7 gallon bags that are about a year more mature or more than a bareroot sprout. These are $60 each, 5-9 for $55 each, or 10 or more for $50 each.

-----Below is an essay about coconut trees that might interest you-----

There's not really clear language around coconuts in Hawaii. If I say Kaimana Lychee or Sharwil Avocado everyone knows what I mean, but with coconuts the language is vague. I'm doing my best to clarify it, but it's not easy since coconuts are not graftable or cloneable in some other way. They're all seedlings, individuals. They have natural variation.

All coconut tree types can have any color (dark or light green, yellow, bronze, tan, golden, etc.).

When I say "Samoan" I mean a coconut that has a wide trunk, large crown, with long fat fronds (20-25 feet), and very large to huge coconuts. The coconuts are almost always roundish with minimal oval or torpedo like shaping. Typically/Optimally a Samoan starts making it's first flowers when there's 2-5 feet of trunk which takes 5-7 years. They grow around 4-8 inches taller a year once they make a trunk.

What I call a "Malaysian" has a skinnier trunk, a compact crown, with shorter fronds (10-15 feet), and usually medium-sized to smaller coconuts. Though sometimes they have large coconuts. Malaysians also generally have round coconuts. Malaysians often start flowering when there is barely any visible trunk, hence the first bunches of coconuts are touching the ground! We planted a Malaysian the day my son was born, and when he was 4.5 years old we drank a coconut from it! Malaysians grow maybe 2-6 inches taller a year once they develop a trunk.

There are “dwarf” trees that have a blend of qualities — most typically a Malaysian-type tree with larger nuts like a Samoan.

Also, trees we call Samoans here in Hawaii don't necessarily originate from Samoa, nor do one's we call Malaysians necessarily originate from Malaysia. Same with Tongans, Fijians or Thais. Now they might come from those countries, but usually people are just referring to a collection of qualities that "add up" to having a tree be called one of these names.

Contrary to common thought, dwarf trees don't stop growing taller. They grow taller everyday, albeit at a slow rate. But a 50 year old Samoan or Malaysian will be quite tall (say 20-40 feet tall). Whereas a tall tree that old might be 50-70 feet tall. Location and conditions make a huge impact on how much a coconut tree increases in height each year. So one way to think of a "dwarf" tree is that it's "low-bearing" or starts off bearing fruit when it's short.

In other parts of the world where coconut is more valued (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, throughout the South Pacific) there are many more words to distinguish different types of dwarf and tall coconuts -- varietal names if you will. But in Hawaii we don't have that. Due to this I've developed the term "selected tall" to distinguish trees that have three qualities in common, 1) very delicious juice, 2) thin husk, and 3) many nuts per rack.

I've harvested from hundreds and hundreds of different coconut trees since 1992 and I consider myself an aficionado of coconuts. So unless a coconut is "broke the mouth" I don't consider it a select tall. You can have a huge coconut with a very small actual nut inside, so the thinness of husk is a big factor in the "efficiency" of a coconut tree as far as productivity of juice. So this is why thinness of husk is such an important quality. A "good" coconut tree will have 8 to 12 coconuts per rack. But I like to grow trees that usually have 20+ nuts per rack. 30+ is even better. So if all three of these qualities are present I will call a tree a selected tall. Typically I name them after the person's house I was climbing and give them some characteristic name, e.g. Bob's Backyard Golden Torpedoes, Mary's Green Grapes, etc. These are just words I come up with so I know which tree was the mother. I don't always keep impeccable track of this or tell the customer, because they're not going to know that tree anyway. But I can if people ask me.

A Tall tree (whether "select" or "common" can have any width of trunk from skinny to huge and any size, shape, or color of coconuts Nuts from tall trees can have long and skinny, oval, round, or torpedo like shapes. Sizes of fronds vary considerably as well. Coconut sprouts tend to have many of the characteristics of the mother tree, but there can also be significant variation. (Think of multiple siblings from the same two parents - there's many similarities, but also many distinctions.) For whatever reason, tall trees seem to show more variation than dwarfs from their mothers.

Tall trees can start producing when there as little as 5 feet of trunk, though more often they start when there's 6 to 10 feet of trunk. Really depends on "how happy" they are. We've had several tall trees start producing where one could harvest the first several racks from the ground without a ladder or climbing. Tall trees grow at least a foot a year, sometimes more depending on conditions.

Relative to taste, while there can be very delicious drinking coconuts from dwarf trees, on the whole tall trees taste better than dwarf trees. So if your goal is the best tasting coconuts to drink, then I suggest planting Selected Talls, as that's a primary quality being selected. It's not that dwarf trees will not taste good, but it's not what is being selected for, what's being selected for is simply that they are low-bearing.

Common Tall coconuts I don't use for planting, I use them for eating as sprouts or growing out further to eat as heart of palm. I see no reason to plant anything but the best testing, most productive coconuts!

That's the scoop on coconut trees in Hawaii:-)
Contact me if you want to buy some.

Ano

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