APPLICATIONS OF COCO COIR IN GREENHOUSE FARMING
Coco coir is commonly used in greenhouse farming for common crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants, strawberries, cantaloupes, etc.
With outstanding properties such as good water retention, good drainage, high air-filled porosity, desirable aeration and high cation exchange capacity that helps plants absorb nutrients optimally, coco coir is an ideal growing medium, serving different greenhouse farming practices such as starting seeds, propagating, transplanting, cloning and planting most kinds of plants.
Some advantages of using coir in greenhouse farming:
- Improve crop efficiency: Help plants grow healthy and produce veggies and fruits that are not only tasty but also nutritious.
- Increase crop productivity: The output of vegetables, tubers and fruits increases many times per unit of cultivated area.
- Reduce the influence of external factors on plants: The good moisturizing property of coco coir helps reduce water evaporation, prevent plants from drying out in hot weather, and help growers reduce the number of times irrigation. In addition, coco coir also helps plants absorb essential minerals and nutrients, creating a good environment for the growth of roots, branches and fruits. Therefore, using coco coir for greenhouse farming helps plants have better resistance to different climatic factors as well as higher yields.
- Minimizing negative impacts on the environment: Coco coir is a natural, benign, and environmentally friendly growing substrate. The use of this growing medium contributes to the development of a healthy living environment for both humans and animals.
- Reduce production costs: Coco coir is easy to find and also quite cheap, so for large-scale growers, specifically in greenhouses or polytunnels, this is a “wise” choice, to help optimize production costs in addition to other costs.