I've taken some criticism over time for planting the trees too close together and not in straight orderly lines. Apparently, when you plant the trees close together they don't produce as many coconuts; and planting them in straight lines means you get the proper distance between the trees coming and going.
But I planted them for aesthetics: random, close together, in clumps...any which way. I prefer the way they look when I try to place them in a more nearly natural manner.
And they're producing just fine!
We're in the process of clearing more land, removing scrub brush; and so the piles and piles and piles of coconuts that mound up are making more and more and more baby trees that we will plant in the ground - randomly.
There are piles and and boxes and rows-among-the-pineapples of coconuts, all just waiting to go to their "forever homes."
If the random, aesthetically planted coconut trees produced more coconuts we'd be covered up.