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.
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.
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.
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 minimum 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.