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by on March 11, 2019
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Coir, also commonly known as coconut fiber, is generally extracted from the husk of a coconut. Coir is most commonly used in a variety of different products like doormats, brushes, mattresses, and for stuffing as well. It is the fibrous material that is found between the hardened shell of a coconut, as well as the soft inner shell. In tropical countries where coconut is widely grown and consumed, coir is produced in large quantities.
The name coir has Malayalam roots, as it is derived from the word kayar, which roughly translates to cord. That’s because in the indigenous areas, the locals would use coir in order to make ropes and cords that were commonly used for everyday purposes. Many Indian navigators also used coir rope on their ships while travelling around the globe.
Coir is generally produced in large quantities in Southeast Asian countries. From there, it can be processed into a variety of different kinds of coir. Some common types of coir that are used nowadays include:
- Brown fiber
- White fiber
- Bristle coir
Coir is commonly used for improving the soil pith. It is widely used for gardening purposes and in the agricultural industry. One of the biggest advantages of coir is that it doesn’t sink in water, so long lengths of coir rope can be used in the water without having to worry about it sinking down. All in all, coir is one of the most versatile natural products out there right now.
The Galuku Group
While these are the general properties of coir, it has also begun to be used in the modern industry. When Joe Davids first visited Sri Lanka on a vacation, he was surprised to see vast mountains of coir dust. Nobody was using the coir dust, and it was all going to waste. This was back in 1993, and he decided that he would to do something about it.
The same year, the two put their minds together and began to think about ways by which the coir dust could be used. They began importing heaps of coir which were considered as a waste back in Sri Lanka and then got down to work. They created substrates that could be used by farmers and before long, their product had received very positive reviews. Today, Galuku has offices in more than five different countries. They provide their products to major destinations like New Zealand, Korea, China, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, and many other regions. It is used widely for agricultural purposes.
The substrate is one of the most recommended for those who want to grow perfect plants. Now, it is not usually used alone, since it does not have its own nutrients. So, it should be mixed with organic fertilizers, earthworm humus, as they can grow beautifully. The ratio is 6: 4 (60% coconut fiber and 40% earthworm humus). With this mixture, you will obtain ideal sustenance for your beloved plants!
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