If sandy soil doesn't support the growth of plants, then how do plants such as coconut and palm tree grow in it?

Coconut and palm tree is a plant that belongs to the family Arecaceae. There are over 150 species of coconuts that can be found in 80 different countries throughout the world. Coconut tree grows only in the tropical climate. 

This plant live on the sandy soil, requires a lot of sunlight and regular rainfalls.

The coconut palm can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. It is particularly grown on the coastal belt on all tropical countries where light sandy and sandy-loam soil exists which is highly permeable and is assured with sub-soil water at a shallow depth, within easy reach to the roots.

The physical properties of sandy soil usually suit well for coconut cultivation, owing to its aeration and well drainage condition; even though they are characterised by poor in organic matter, low in mineral colloids and moisture retention capacity.

Sandy soil can support a good crop under a regular system of organic manuring and good management. 

Besides coastal sandy soil, coconut palms are grown in laterite alluvial and red sandy-soils with a pH ranging from 5.2 to 8.0


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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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