Coconut shells are covered with a layer of husk known as coir. The coir fibres have a layer of granular dust between them called pith. This pith is an extremely good material for hydroponic gardening or as a soil improving additive. The pith is commercially known as cocopeat and is sold in the form of pressed cakes or bundles. As a soil improvement material, cocopeat has several qualities that help in amending soil quality, which in turn makes it an ideal choice as a soil conditioner.
BioActive Cocopeat provides several benefits when used for soil improvement:
- BioActive cocopeat has millions of microscopic capillaries running through it in a granular form. These capillaries enable it to retain large volumes of water for long periods of time. This is one of the reasons why cocopeat enjoys widespread use as a soil improvement material. The nutrients essential for plant growth are suspended in the water as ions and preserved as such until the time the plant absorbs it.
- Cocopeat fibres bond with top soil particles to prevent erosion and stops nutrients from getting drained out.
- When coir pith is compressed into cakes and added to soil as a means of soil improvement ,it provides a lot of aeration to the soil, which in turn provides plant roots the space to grow.
- Cleaned and processed coir pith has anti-fungal properties, which makes the soil free of weeds and diseases.
- The optimum soil pH for plant growth is 5.5 to 7. Adding cocopeat for soil improvement helps in maintaining the pH level of the soil at what’s consider ideal for the growth of plants of high quality.
- It is biodegradable and therefore totally environment-friendly.
BioActive Cocopeat is one of the best soil improvement means known to horticulturalists. Using this material to enhance soil quality has been in practice for a long time and has proven to be a method, which ensures good plant growth.