About 200 coconut trees are usually planted per hectare of farmland. For rain fed coconut farmers, 200 coconut trees are grown in one hectare of land. One hectare of land is about 10,000 square meters.
If you practice high density coconut farming, you significantly increase your coconut plant population. With high density planting of coconut, 300 – 400 coconut trees can be planted in a one hectare of farmland.
Factors that can affect the number of coconut trees that can be planted per hectare
The following factors can affect the number of coconut trees that can be planted per hectare:
The use of irrigation
The use of drip irrigation systems can affect the number of coconut trees per hectare. Drip irrigation enables high density coconut planting.
300 – 500 coconut trees can be planted on one hectare of land if drip irrigation is used.
In areas of high rainfall level, plant population of your coconut trees can be increased as the availability of water can sustain more coconut trees.
For example, 250 coconut trees can be planted in per hectare in places like Rivers State and Bayelsa State while in Kano state, lesser than 200 trees can be planted per hectare because of low rainfall level.
Variety of Coconut Planted
The variety of coconut planted on your farm can also determine the number of coconut trees you can plant.
Some dwarf coconut varieties can tolerate crowding while the tall varieties may not accommodate crowding of coconut trees on the farm.
Fertility of the Soil
The fertility of the soil can also determine the number f coconut trees that can be planted per hectare of farmland.
You can increase the plant population in your coconut farm if your soil is fertile. Fertile soil can accommodate a slightly higher number of coconut trees while poor soils can only support fewer number of coconut trees.
How many coconut trees do you plant per hectare? Kindly share your answers in the comments’ section.