This topic falls under “Things you learn from your mother-in-law!” category. She said, if you want your Coconut to grow big and beautiful, use salt as fertilizer once a year. So I did. Last years, I put one Kilogram of salt in 3 Coconut Trees. Lo and Behold (Look and Behold!) the trees grew and the Coconuts nuts were great, good, and delicious.
When I tasted Coconut juice, I don’t feel the salt in it. Do you? So I look it up why.
“A nationwide survey conducted by the Philippine Coconut Authority revealed that 24 out of 54 coconut-producing provinces have widespread chlorine deficiency. The application of sodium chloride (NaCl) or common table salt can effectively control this problem. Its addition to chlorine deficient ‘Tugbok’ soil (Typic Tropudalfs) planted to local tall, ‘Laguna’ coconut trees increased nut production, copra weight/nut, and copra yield/tree. Moreover, NaCl has been established as the best and cheapest source of chlorine in areas where chlorine is required and potassium (K) is not deficient. The most economical rate of 1.76 kg NaCl/tree per year resulted in 36.6% increase in nuts, 44.8% increase in copra/nut and 96.7% increase in copra/tree. A net income of P11,258.50/ha per year could be generated if this technology is used.”
It is an abstract from “Use of salt (sodium chloride) as fertilizer for coconut ” src: http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=PH8911757
You can read all about it. While I go back and eat my Coconuts….
How did I do this?
Just sprinkle a Kilo (I used more 1-2 KG) of salt around the Coconut Trees. I will later cover it with 2-3 inches of compost. Do this once a year only. You don’t want your soil to be so salty like the beach.
If anyone is doing the same, let me know. Give me a quick comment below.