Coconut palms : sand v other soils
I know coconut palms love sand. When I planted one of my coconut palms outside last year I used a sand and palm/cactus mix at about 60% sand, 40% palm/cactus mix. The palm loved it. I believe its root system grew faster than my oldest coconut palm that was planted in entirely palm/cactus mix. It had a fairly good root system as well.
Thats also a really good idea for my area do to our weather. Its hot and dry with low humidity & 100f's+ are very common. The bigger the root system, the more water it can take up when it needs it. Being in sand however, has a problem. It drains fast and dries quick. But since I need to water everyday anyway it not to much of a problem. The other issue is this, it doesnt hold on to nutrients very well so adding a little bit of palm/cactus mix might be a good idea. Its either that or using palm fertilizer more often.
Anyone else notice the difference in different soils? My question is this, which soil structure worked best for you? I am going to buy California beach sand and use a mix thats a little more sand, if not entirely sand. Reason is this, better drainage and drier roots in winter means a better chance of success. The palms seem to have a a healthier root system with sand. It also would be what one would naturally see a coconut palm growing in.