11 APR 2022
re-using your coir compost
Who’d have thought you’d get so much from the humble coconut! Not only can you eat the white fleshy bits, drink its water, use its scent for cosmetics and lotions, turn its fibres into coir matting and, best of all, sustainably sourced compost (we would say that wouldn’t we), you can actually re-use the compost so that you get two bites of the cherry.
The secret is in its make-up. The premium coir we use in For Peat’s Sake consists of varied sizes of fibre, giving our compost a sturdy structure. This allows for good air circulation and water movement within the coir, preventing it compacting and starting to rot. This means that it’s much less likely to harbour bacteria, fungi or diseases and will therefore keep its fresh, fluffy texture for longer. Traditional peat compost, on the other hand, decomposes naturally, losing its structure and nutrients over time. Because it stays damp, peat compost is much more likely to become smelly, mouldy and infested with bacteria and diseases.
Here are a couple of tips on how to re-use your For Peat’s Sake. Say you’re growing an annual plant in our coir compost and it’s time to re-pot. Simply remove the healthy plant from its container and save the coir, perhaps in a bucket or a bowl. (Warning: it’s not advisable to re-use coir from a plant that has died in case you transfer pathogens.) Next, give the coir a good shake to loosen it up. You now have a couple of options: either use the saved compost to grow a new plant or add some new For Peat’s Sake to the original coir and repot the plant in a bigger container. Couldn’t be simpler.
That’s the beauty of For Peat’s Sake. Unlike peat, it’s got sustainability built in. Not only does it come from an ultra-renewable source, coconuts, it also has a much longer life than traditional compost. Growing houseplants is a real pleasure and we at For Peat’s Sake are delighted to add to your sense of embracing and conserving nature by providing you with sustainable, long-lasting coir compost that protects our planet. Happy planting!