There are many advantages to using coco coir in your home gardening, not least being the fact that it’s one of the most environmentally friendly growing mediums in the horticultural world. Whilst the popularity of coco coir (also known as coco peat) is spreading fast, the exact reasons as to why it’s so much better than traditional options (like peat moss) aren’t so widely known. One of the main reasons why it’s demand has increased is the fact that you can re-use coco coir since it doesn’t break down as quickly as peat moss. This will save you time, hassle and money when caring for your plants.
Reusing coco coir to grow plants
Unlike peat moss, which is not structurally sturdy enough to be reused, coco coir can be safely recycled again and again. After each successful growing spell, you can save money if you re-use coco coir. This is done by removing your coco peat, taking out all the old stumps and roots and treating it with a buffering solution.
Be careful to wash all pots when re-using coco coir. A strong bactericide or fungicide should be used in order to eliminate the risk of any future plant diseases. Also, keep in mind that you may have a very big surface area, with lots of little pockets of water and nutrients, where pathogens could be hiding. In such cases, ensure that the buffering process is carried out thoroughly in order for new plants to thrive.
Getting rid of all potential pests inside your coco coir is important, as it’s not going to be as effective as a plant growth medium if you fail to do so.
Sustainable garden solution
If cared for properly, coco peat can last for as long as you want it to. Of course, you could use your coco peat once and buy a new bag once you’re done, but if you’re an eco-conscious gardener and you want to be super-green, then you have the option to do so.
Coco coir is a completely sustainable resource which derives from the fibers of the humble coconut. In contrast, peat moss has been the traditional choice for UK gardeners for decades, but this is beginning to change due to a lack of sustainable production methods.
Give coco coir a try in your garden
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