Potting soil is readily available and easy to use, but it has its drawbacks. It often doesnt drain well and may contain peat, which is strip mined and causes environmental damage. An alternative is coco peat soil. Planting in coco peat provides numerous benefits while recycling what was once a useless product. Coco peat soil is made from the pith inside a coconut husk. It is naturally anti-fungal, making it an excellent choice to start seed but it is also used in rugs, ropes, brushes, and as stuffing. Coco peat gardening is also used as a soil amendment, potting mix, and in hydroponic production. Coco coir is so environmentally friendly that it is reusable. You just need to rinse and strain it and it will work perfectly again. In a comparison of coco peat vs. soil, the peat retains much more water and releases it slowly to plant roots
HOW WE MADE A DIFFERENCE
The fibrous coconut husk is soaked in pits for softening and then beaten to extract the coir fibre used in the manufacture of ropes, door mats, upholstery, mattresses, car seats, carpets, insulation, bristle brooms and brushes.
Only the residual dust or Coir Fibre Pith had little use, if at all, and was consequently dumped as a waste in unseemly heaps, that piled up like hillocks. That was . Until our group took the initiative to convert this into a valuable product that would revolutionise the coconut industry as well as the entire horticultural industry of the world!
In 1983,NATURES BOUNTY PLC, SRI LANKA, undertook a study of the use of Coir Fibre dust for horticulture use as an alternative to peat. The results speak for themselves.
A certain degree of urgency was conferred on our studies in the background of agitation by environmentalists in Western Countries against the excavation and exploitation of peat bogs.
THE PITH AND THE CORE OF THE COIR FIBRE PITH HISTORY
Today, the successful pioneering effort of the NATURES BOUNTY GROUP has uniquely enabled it to maintain its market leadership for Coir Fibre Pith & husk Chip product exports to serve not only the exacting needs of Coir Fibre Pith as a growing medium for professional greenhouse growers and intensive agriculture but also to satisfy the whims and fancies of horticulturists and floriculturists engrossed in the cultivation of exotica for profit and pleasure.
COIR FIBRE PITH & HUSK SUBSTRATES manufactured and exported by NATURES BOUNTY PLC., Sri Lanka blazed its way into the international horticultural market in 1986 as an exciting alternative to peat until then, the standard growing medium for raising tropical exotica in greenhouse conditions. Greenhouses simulate tropical climate characteristics artificially, and play a vital scientific role in research into plant, tree, food and fodder crops in botanical institutes in the West.
Until the advent of the Sri Lankan product; trade named COCOPEAT and COCOHUSK CHIPS came into existence, sphagnum and sedge peats, rockwool and perlite were the standard growing medium in hydroponics the greenhouse technique where plants are grown without soil nutrients and moisture for seed germination and plant growth are provided by mineral solutions sprayed to the root systems, under controlled irrigation using spray, drip systems.
Since then, hydroponic techniques have been highly developed and perfected as tools in optimizing space utilization, cost cutting and yield optimization. Our products too have kept abreast or ahead of the ever increasing demand for a reliable array of professional substrates with uninterrupted supply.
Cocopeat is used in various fields such as: