Coconut Coir is a sustainable and renewable alternative to peat moss. Use coconut coir anytime you would otherwise use peat moss. The fibers used in coconut coir are found between the internal hard shell and the outer coat of the coconut. The microscopic coconut husk fibers resemble hollow straws meaning they can absorb and hold about 8 times their weight in water. Air circulates in the space between the fibers so that the coir remains light and does not become soggy when wet.
Benefits of Using Coconut Coir:
- Coconut coir is free of bacterial and fungal spores so it will not introduce diseases into the garden or greenhouse.
- Coir is easy to hydrate and retains moisture in quick draining soil. Coir increases drainage in heavily compacted or clay soils.
- Coir has a pH of 5.6-6.8. This pH range allows plant roots to easily absorb nutrients, will not skew pH in customized soil mixtures and limits amendment usage for pH adjustment. It also allows coir to be used with a wider variety of plants than peat moss.
- Coir improves the overall quality of soil by slowly adding organic matter. With repeated applications, soil will become more friable and loose. This allows roots to grow more freely and nutrients/water to be absorbed more readily.
Recommended Uses For Coconut Coir:
- Combine with perlite and vermiculite to create an excellent seed starting or root cutting mix.
- Combine with perlite, vermiculite and compost to create a great potting soil for your container plantings and raised bed gardens.
- Use as the bedding for the Worm Factory or any other vermi-composting bins.
- Add to sandy soil to increase moisture retention.
- Substrate for arachnid and reptile terrariums.
The compressed bricks of coco coir should be soaked in water for a minimum of 1 hour prior to use. Volume of the coir depends upon the amount of water used, we recommend that you check the brick periodically while it is being constituted and add water as needed. The product is most effective when soaked thoroughly. Add to growing media in proper amounts to achieve desired media consistency.
- The 650 g brick expands to approximately 2.5 gallons.
- The 5 kg brick (when moistened) covers a 3'x3' area to a depth of 2.5" (approx. 16-20 gallons).
How To Use: Soak thoroughly and mix with additional potting media ingredients.
Seed Starting Mix Recipe - use equal parts:
- Coconut coir
Potting Soil Recipe - use equal parts:
- Coconut coir
Environment: Container Plantings, Home Gardens, Hydroponics, Indoor Growing
Storage: Store unused coconut coir in a covered container for future use.
Quantities totaling 150 lbs or more require freight shipping for delivery. This requires a freight quote to the delivery address be processed. Please call us at 1-800-827-2847 to obtain a freight shipping quote.