FAQ

What are the advantages of using coco coir as a grow medium over other forms of grow mediums?

To put it simply, coco coir is an eco-friendly, renewable alternative to potting soil or peat moss. It offers high water retention, aeration, antifungal benefits, and a neutral pH and optimal mineral content that yields healthy, faster growing plants. Contact us to discuss how coco coir can benefit your crops or products.

What is the difference between coco peat, coco coir, and coco husk?

The coco husk is the brown shell of the coconut. That is composed of pith and fibers. When the husk is milled it transforms into a fine powder-like substance — the coco peat or coco coir (the name is innerchangeable) — that is subsequently rinsed repeatedly, dried (Sakti Agro takes the time to dry it in the sun), and lab tested to ensure it is pure of pathogens, pests, and bacteria or viruses. When it is ready to ship, it is compressed into blocks, enclosed in large-scale grow bags or individual bags for small, home-based growers.

What makes coco coir a premium product?

A quick way to verify premium products is to ensure that fibers are a rich, dark color. A darker color is indicative of a premium product and occurs through the aging/composting process, which varies, depending on the individual needs of the customer.

Why is coco coir washed before shipping?

This is done to ensure a low salt content, allowing for a healthier growing medium. Most premium coco coir products are washed at least twice (Sakti Agro washes all batches a minium of three times and often as many as five times) in order to remove any impurities. We also wash our batches using fresh water sourced from naturally occurring lakes and pools vs sea water to maintain purity and lower sodium uptake.

 

Sodium levels over 100 ppm are considered excessive and over 250 ppm are considered toxic.

What is coco peat?

Coco Peat, also called coco coir, is the direct result of the husk being separated from the coconut itself and the resulting fibers subsequently being removed. Those fibers are then washed, milled, and sun dried. The end result is a product that is highly renewable, with excellent air porosity, water retention and is a natural insect repellent.

What are coco peat grow bags for?

Coir grow bags are used for vegetable, fruit, and flower cultivation. You may see the coir grow medium packaged in a plastic bag with holes added for plants and drainage. The exact size and coir grow medium are determined by the product being cultivated. Grow bags are an ideal medium for a greenhouse or hydroponic grow that can’t utilize a drip irrigation system.

What crop specialized blends do you offer?

We are in the process of developing blends for strawberries, blueberries, hemp and cannabis to name only a few! We expect to release these product in 2018, please contact us to be notified when these products are released.

What are your shipping times?

Maximum shipping time for containers to any corner of the world is around 5 weeks. Middle East is one week, Europe 2 -3 weeks, US 4 weeks, Far East 2 – 3 weeks. Contact us to place your order or request a lab-certified sample.

How long does it take to receive a sample?

Samples are usually sent within 24 hours of a request.

What happens to the rest of the coconut?

After the coconuts are de-husked, the remaining products are sold for use in other applications.

What kind of certifications do you carry?

We are in the process of obtaining international organic, ISO 9001 and official certifications from the Sri Lanka Standard Institution, three of the highest quality control certifications in the world.

Are you Organically certified?

We are in the process of applying for our international “organic” certification to be OMRI listed around the world.

How long does it take to grow coconuts?

Coconut trees take between four to six years to bear fruit, and each coconut takes a year to develop from a flower into a fruit.

What are some other coconut by products?

Not only do coconuts offer food and wellness through their flesh and milk, in addition to the coco coir grow medium, but the long fibers can be used for making ropes, brushes, doormats and many other products. The coconut shells are also used in many building applications as well as design. We plan to offer a greater range of alternative coconut byproducts in the coming months.

Please contact us to be notified as new products are released or if you require specific products be manufactured on your behalf. please contact us to discuss custom production.

How does coco peat compare to peat moss?

Researchers at Auburn University and University of Arkansas compared peat and coir as soil amendments for horticulture. They found that coir performed on par with peat. The study found that coir grow medium holds water well while still promoting good drainage and aeration. It is also easily renewable, unlike peat moss. What’s more, coir dust is cleaner, lacking the small sticks and seeds that are often found in peat.

Why is coco coir considered a renewable resource?

Coco coir is made from coconut husk, which has long been considered a natural byproduct of coconut harvesting. Because an average coconut tree produces 150 coconuts a year, coco producers have access to a steady supply of a product that would otherwise be discarded. Peat bogs, on the other hand, are quickly disappearing and can take several years to renew.

Why is it important for the coir production process to be tightly controlled?

Sakti Agro strictly controls the production process from from cultivation through bagging to minimize the opportunity for unwanted seed, pathogen, pest contamination, bacteria and/or fungus.

We also tightly control the aging/composting process — conducting in-house tests at regular intervals — to ensure a premium product that exceeds customer requirements.

How do I request a sample?

Please contact: Raj Janan at janan@saktiagro.com

Tel: +1917 836 4999, +94 77 3225044