COCONUT COIR is getting extremely popular among the gardeners day by day. There are a lots of benefits to growing with coconut coir that you should know. Want to know what Coconut Coir is & how is it useful in gardening? We are trying to provide answers of all your concerns in detail below.
What is Coconut Coir?
Earlier coconuts were harvested for their delicious water and meat. The coconut husk was considered a waste product. Everything from the Coconut husk to it’s inner shell was thought to be a useless product…until it was found that it can be used in many ways in gardening and home products.
Coco Coir is the fiber like material present in between the solid internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. There are two types of fibers — brown and white. Brown coir are collected from fully ripe coconuts and is quite stronger, but less flexible. White fibers are collected from pre-ripe coconuts and are very flexible, but less stronger. Mostly Brown Coir is used in gardening.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT COIR
Retains moisture and provides a good environment – It is extremely effective for water retention. It can hold up to 10 times its weight in water, meaning the roots of your plants will never get dehydrated. This is extremely light which allows roots to expand freely thus promoting healthy root development.
It is completely Organic & Safe for Environment – It is derived from the natural resource and can be used again and again.
Insect-neutral – most garden pests do not like settling in coconut coir. Making it beneficial for the overall growth of your plants.
Can be used in-place of Traditional Hydroponics. – If you are someone who is new to hydroponic gardening then you should start with Coco Coir. As you will not have to buy or build a hydroponic system and do all of the maintenance that it requires.
DISADVANTAGE OF COCONUT COIR
No Nutrients – Coco Coir has no nutrients within it. It may look like soil, but it is not soil. This means you will need to add nutrients while using coconut coir.
Good for only Small Plants – Coco Coir is very light, so it is only good for small plants. Medium to big plants will not be able to stand still during a windy day and may get uprooted.
But at the same time, coconut coir is very useful for starting seedlings which can be transplanted later.