Fertilizer often becomes one of the annoying problems for those who have a garden in their house or love gardening activity. Too expensive, difficult to get, can’t find the right fertilizer, and various problems often come up whenever you want to find one. So, here, we have the solution for you. It is an easy-to-get and easy-to-make fertilizer you can try. You will learn more about coconut pulp as fertilizer.
Thing You Should Know About Coconut Pulp
What is coconut pulp? Coconut pulp is the leftover product of coconut milk. When you make coconut milk by yourself, you will get a lot of this left over. It comes in shredded form, so you can easily grab and scoop it with your hand. Because you use water to make coconut milk, the coconut pulp is also wet. You need to dry it out first before you use it for other purposes, in this case, it is for making fertilizer.
How to make coconut pulp as fertilizer
To make fertilizer, there are several things you have to prepare, such as:
- Coconut pulp (get enough amount to the plants or area where you are going to use it as fertilizer),
- Effective Microorganism (EM 4) (it is some kind of catalyst to start the fermentation process on coconut pulp)
- 2 tbsp of sugar,
- 1 liter of water,
- Container to mix the coconut pulp (Choose one that can hold all the coconut pulp that you want to turn into fertilizer).
Once you have all those ingredients, now you are ready. So, How to make coconut pulp as fertilizer? Here is the instruction to do that.
– Making fermentation liquid
The very first step you need to do is making fermentation liquid. You will use it to soak the coconut pulp and make it fermented. To make the fermentation liquid, pour 1 liter of water into the container that you have prepared before. Then, add the EM4 liquid and sugar. Mix it well.
The amount of EM 4 liquid you can use is around 2-4 of the bottle cap. However, you may have to use more to match the coconut pulp amount that you use. Where can I find EM 4? Mostly, you can find this product in the garden shop. It is one of the liquid fertilizers. So, ask the shop owner about this product and they will give it to you.
As you can see, you can only use a small amount of EM 4. We recommend that amount because we want to make this coconut pulp as fertilizer method as organic as we can. Without using too much chemical substance like EM 4, we hope that it produces one of a safe natural fertilizers for plants, family members, and pets. Okay, let’s move to the next steps.
– Fermentation process
Once you make the fermentation liquid, you can start the fermentation process. Put all the coconut pulps that you prepare into the container where you keep the fermentation liquid. Mix it well until all the coconut pulps are covered by the fermentation liquid.
After you mix them up, you have to move the mixture into another hygiene container. Put a lid on it and keep it at room temperature. You may have to choose the room where you don’t use that much for your safety, like a garage or warehouse. Now, you have to wait for around 2-3 weeks until the fermentation process is done.
How to use coconut pulp as fertilizer
After 2 or 3 weeks, you can open the lid and start using the coconut pulp on your plant. How to use coconut pulp as fertilizer? It is easy. The form is a bit moist. Use a glove to scoop it and spread it on the soil where your plants grow. This will help your plant to grow faster and speed up its flowering process. If you use it on the fruit plants, your plant will produce big and healthy fruit.
How often should we use this fertilizer? We recommend you only use it once every two weeks. Repeat it until the coconut pulp, dried out. Best of all, you still can use the dried coconut pulp fertilizer on other plants. So, in case there is still leftover coconut pulp fertilizer you save and it is dry, do not throw it away. Use it on other plants as fertilizer.
Using Coconut Pulp for Other Purposes
What to do with leftover coconut pulp? You don’t have to worry if you have prepared too many coconut pulps and have enough fertilizer made of it. The fresh coconut pulp leftover is still usable for another purpose of your gardening activity. In this case, you can use it as the planting medium.
Coconut pulp contains a high level of crude protein and coarse fat that becomes a great booster for the soil. Put it on the bottom part of your planter. Spread it evenly before you add soil on top of it. Or, you also can mix it with the soils that you are going to use. That will increase the soil’s fertility and add more nutrients to it. The plants need them to grow faster and healthier.
On the other hand, you also can use the leftover coconut pulp for making other things, like coconut flour. You have to dry it in an oven, grind it finely, and keep it in an airtight container. Now, you have coconut flour that you can use for making a cake or other recipes. However, make sure you only use the fresh coconut pulp to get the best result.
Now, we believe that you know what you should do with the coconut milk leftover. We hope this article solves the problem of getting organic fertilizer for your plant. Moreover, you also can get the main product, which is coconut milk, for various recipes and other purposes. That’s everything that you can learn about coconut pulp as fertilizer. Try it now on your garden and plants.
Last Updated on October 15, 2021 by Home Kitchen Magazine Team