Criteria for the selection of seednuts from selected coconut palms were investigated and found to be unsatisfactory. Nuts should not be rejected on the basis of size, quantity of nut water or shape. Identification of nuts as empty (devoid of nut water) or immature and therefore unlikely to germinate are also often inaccurate. None of the variables measured had a strong enough relationship with germination to enable them to be used as a basis for more efficient seednut selection. It seems advisable to dispense with seednut selection and lay all nuts harvested from the selected palms in the nursery. Selection of seedlings in the nursery should, of course, be carried out subsequently, as usual.