Washing

kókuszrost - ProHorto Kft.

The coconut palm is a typically coastal plant - it is so typical, that it is a must-have subject in the postcards sent out of these countries. In these areas, ground water typically contains high levels of sodium, potassium and chlorine, which  elements can easily absorbed by the coconut palm, without damaging it - unlike almost all horticultural crops produced .

These salts are present in all parts of the plant, so it is necessary for their removal to wash the husk, to lower its EC-level to an acceptable level. If this process is missing, then the grower must do it - since the high level of the potassium and sodium would harm the plant and as antagonist inhibits the uptake of the calcium and megnesium.

For these reasons our cocopeat is washed very carefully and thourougly by controlled-quality fresh water. At the end of the process the EC-level of the substrate will be reduced to less then 1 mS/cm2.

There is a widespread misconception, that the poorly treated, low-grade cocopeat's high Ec-level is due to the sea water, which is used for washing. The truth is, that the harmful salts are present in the plant tissues!