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Since ancient times, the coconut tree has been called the “Tree of Life” for its uncanny (nearly miraculous) healing properties and usefulness. A study of the coconut tree reveals an almost supernatural evolution to become one of the most useful species of plant life known to man.
The anomaly of medium chain fatty acids, lauric acid in particular, as well as anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal ingredients in the coconut fruit itself have made for an unusual but incredibly potent immune system booster in humans. Coconut oil has been used by Pacific Islanders and Asian cultures to effectively treat everything from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis to the common flu virus, hepatitis C and the measles.
The coir from coconuts (the brown fibers that surround the outside of the shell of the nut which, surprisingly, are found to be swarming with all the beneficial nutrients found in the fruit itself) has been used for making brooms, rope, and bindings to doormats, fishnets and even frames for housing.
The famous explorer Marco Polo even used coco coir to bind together planks for ship building.
Recently, it’s been discovered that coco coir is an incredible growing medium with a near perfect pH for hydroponic growing!
Which brings us to a very important point about using coco coir as a growing medium…
If the nutrients you’re using are not designed to be coco coir safe, you’ll not only be missing out on the gigantic yields you could be getting using coco coir… you run the risk poisoning or starving your plants!
It’s true that calcium and magnesium both occur naturally in coco coir. But the amounts of each aren’t sufficient to feed your plants.
Not only that, but calcium and magnesium are both naturally attracted to bind to coco coir!
Which means only the highest quality, chelated forms of magnesium and calcium (like the kind used in Advanced Nutrients’ products) are able to succeed in a growing environment that uses coco coir.
Lesser forms of either will bind to the coir and your plants will be left hungry!
And if your nutrients don’t use chelated magnesium and calcium, you’re missing out on better yields. (A lot of inferior brands will try to add dolomite lime as a quick-fix to solve this problem, but don’t be fooled… it’s not effective.)
That’s why our calcium and magnesium supplement, Sensi-Cal, has performed so well. It was designed to operate in a less-than-ideal environment and bring everything up to speed.
It’s also true that if a hydroponic nutrient or supplement doesn’t account for the levels of potassium already present in coco coir, you risk potassium toxicity.
With that in mind, it’s very important you’re sure the hydroponic nutrient products you’re buying are coco-coir safe.
Here’s a list of coco-coir safe products from Advanced Nutrients: