Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Green News

An eco-friendly peat alternative

Coconut Coir Fiber

I asked the same thing What is it? Whatis it used for?
I was reading more on Inside Urban Green tonight.He uses this to start roots for his Ficus cuttings in soda bottles. He don't use soil. So I looked up Coir on google at Wikipedia I find it is coconut fibers make up about 1/3 of the of coconut pulp. The other 2/3 is called the pith or dust,

It is is a coarse fiber extracted from the fibrous outer shell of a coconut
it is biodegradable but takes 20 years to decompose, and it is resistance to bacteria and fungus growth.

Coir coconut fiber works anywhere you would normally use peat moss, rockwool, vermiculite, perlite, or pumice...and worms love it! It contains no nutrients. It is also used in hydroponic growing

Also used in ropes, mats, brushes, caulking boats

Note this is not intended to promote use of this , it is for educational purpose only.

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