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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Coconut- the Multi-faceted Tree
It was with mixed feelings that I saw this volunteer coconut sprouting among my ferns, yesterday. While I felt wonder and joy at seeing this wonderful palm come uninvited to my garden, I was also worried about its water needs and space requirements.
The sapling had sprouted from a coconut which must have fallen from my neighbour's coconut tree. I sometimes complain about the heavy fronds those trees shed in my garden, damaging my plants, but never send a fruit in my direction!
In the searing heat of summer, coconut water is a very popular drink- more so than the fizzy bottled drinks.
The plaited coconut leaves are used as thatch in the cottages in the countryside. Rope made from coconut fibre is used by gardeners and in factories. Coconut oil is supposed to prevent your hair from greying. It is also used in most beauty products. In fact, the uses of coconut tree are innumerable. For gardeners, cocopeat, made from the husk of the coconut is invaluable. No wonder that people hesitate to cut their coconut trees.I think I shall give this sapling away to somebody with a big garden.
You can see many facets of our world here.