Switching to Coir Coco Peat: Ecological and Practical Reasons
Fewer things beat the deeply satisfying feeling of tending to a plant – from its start as a tiny seed, to becoming an adorable seedling, and ultimately blooming into maturity, respite with beautiful flowers and irresistible scents.
However, the creation of beauty is done at what cost? Resource depletion and environmental pollution. Ironic.
For the longest time, peat moss has been to go-to choice by horticulturists and garden enthusiasts the world over. But slowly, the dangers of this practice have come to light, leading to the emergence of a safer alternative – coir coco peat – and the adoption of a peat moss free growing medium.
The biggest drawback of using peat moss for growing purposes is the fact that, it is in fact a nonrenewable resource. Peat bogs are not magical peat generators, if the intense use in floriculture and gardening continues, the world’s reserve of peat moss creeps slowly but surely to, Empty.
How can this be? Moss is everywhere!
Yes. But do you like facts? Peat moss is not really nonrenewable in the truest form. Rather, it is slowly renewable. And when we say slow, we mean taking millennia to fossilize slow. So yes, if the reserve is drained empty, our descendants (or their alien overlords) can begin the assault on peat moss in a thousand years.
Away from the finite amounts of peat moss in existence, mining it leads to greenhouse emissions. Carbon is released into the atmosphere, depleting what is left of our protective ozone layer.
Enter coir. The byproduct of the multi-talented coconut. Coir is the result of processing the threadlike fibres on the husk of coconuts. Used for everything from coir door mats, to brushes, brooms and chairs. Coconuts products have become a sweeping ecological statement.
Coir compost or coco peat is probably the most radical introduction to practising horticulture in the past few years. The benefits of coco peat, compared to peat moss, are as plentiful as there are coconuts. The first is how abundant it is – coconuts everywhere means coco peat everywhere.
Coco peat is perfect for maximum yield. Jam-packed with nutrients and good bacteria – a result of natural occurring lignins – coir coco peats are a farmer’s dream. With pH levels ranging closer to the neutral scale, rather than acidic like peat, you can in a manner of saying, plug and play. Simply plant your seeds and watch them grow, with no need to add lime.
Hydroponic growers probably already know how beneficial coir is for their indoor plants. But there is an added advantage to it. Coir coco peat is completely recyclable, after using it as an effective growing medium indoors, you can transfer it into your garden: using it to reinforce your plain and simple garden soil.
Coir dust, or coco peat is also referred to, has a fantastic composition and texture. It is able to retain water effectively, preventing leaching of nutrients. Also, the structure of coir makes it hard to break or shrink, letting you use it for a far longer period of time, compared to peat moss. This saves you a significant amount when looking to buy soil conditioners.
In a nutshell (yes)- coir offers a cheaper, safer, and more effective growing alternative to conventional peat moss. And with Coco & Coir, you can rest assured of only the best coir coco peat, made with high-quality processing (drying, soaking and rinsing) methods to create beautiful products for your home.
So, why wait? Switch to coir coco peat today.