Kokoblock is made in Sri Lanka by a small coconut processing factory, which makes coconut fibre products. The Kokoblock is actually a by-product of the process, and as you know we hate waste at Chimney Sheep, even other companies’ waste, so if it can be useful that suits us just fine. It is an excellent environmentally friendly alternative to peat made from pressed coconut fibres. You are probably aware of how destructive peat is to the environment, but if you want to know more about it read here.
The coconut fibre compost is equally suitable for indoor plants, for use in the garden or as a compost improver. Kokoblock is not a fertilizer – you should repot your plants as usual – about every 6 months.
Using the waste product creates additional jobs and funding for education. It is exported by the Fair Trade Company and sold to us by a German Eco company so all the instructions are in German which is great if you want to practice your language skills but we’ve added translation to it to make life easier for you.
It’s dead simple and hardly needs any instruction though really. Simply put the block (or blocks) in a suitable container and add about 6 litres of water per block. Leave to stand for 20 – 30 minutes, during which time it will expand to around 7 or 8 times its size. Crumble the Kokoblock and add a little more water as necessary. Have a look at our little slide-show here to see how easy and fun it is to make!
It will produce around 9 litres of peat-free potting compost. Note that this is approximate since the product is made in the highly humid conditions that prevail in Sri Lanka so it is difficult to account for varying levels of moisture in the product, however it is pressed with great force then dried out so a small 750 gram block magically expands to 9 litres of compost. It’s quite good fun just making it, and of course means you don’t have to lug great heavy bags of compost from the garden centre. And have you ever tried buying peat free compost? If it doesn’t say “peat-free” then it almost certainly isn’t. And if it says “low peat” look at the small print – it can still contain a surprisingly high proportion of peat.
What is wrong with using peat?
Peat is formed over thousands of years by partly decomposed wetland plants which are compacted at a rate of 1mm per year. If you can imagine how many tonnes are extracted at commercial sites, you will realise that it is impossible for peat bogs to replenish at anything near the rate at which they are being destroyed.
What’s so great about peat bogs?
Peat bogs provide unique habitats for species, and as the peat bogs dwindle the species become more threatened. In addition, peat bogs sequester carbon that has been laid down over millennia. Just as burning coal and oil releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, extracting peat and using it in gardens causes the carbon dioxide it has been storing to be released, contributing to global warming.
Is Kocoblock organic?
Kocoblock is a by-product of commercially-grown coconut so it can’t be labelled as organic. It contains mulch (>80%) organic matter; pH 4.7; Salt content: 644 mg / l; 9 liters
Raw material: 100% cocofibres from the agricultural and forestry industries Nutrients: Nitrogen (N) 422 mg / l; Potassium oxide (K₂O) 797 mg / l
Please store the Kokoblock in a dry place
What do other gardeners say about coconut fibre compost?
“I don’t have a lot of space in my shed and don’t enjoy hauling around big bags from the garden centre, so these blocks are ideal. They make lovely compost and are fantastic for filling my potato bags and other pots and planters. Great value for money too. I’d recommend them to any general gardeners, but particularly those without a lot of storage space.”
“a great compost for pots, trees, and even houseplants.”
“holds moisture nicely and good to work with and makes an enormous amount of compost!”