The science behind coconut water for plants

Plant growth from coconut water

The scientific research behind Groconut recognises the extraordinary results in plant growth when given water from young green coconuts.

We've selected excerpts from just some of the hundreds of studies below from reliable, trusted sources for our customers to review.

“After a thorough evaluation, the results of the study showed that coconut water can be utilized as root setting medium in Rhizopora stylosa propagation. The results also showed that coconut water has comparable properties to commercial rooting hormones. Rooting characteristics of Rhizopora stylosa hypocotyls was enhanced when soaked in coconut water within 4-6 hours before planting. This study presents how wastes products can be utilized to another high-value by-product. Aside from enhancing plant growth and development, coconut water can be utilized as alternative to synthetic plant growth hormones which is environmentally friendly and economically viable.

It is very much recommended that gardeners and plant growers should utilize coconut water as root setting medium in growing ornamental and horticultural plants. Instead of throwing it away, coconut farmers should also utilize coconut water in growing other crops.“* 
“Coconut water or coconut liquid endosperm is a refreshing beverage, which provides important health benefits. The chemical components which contribute to its bioactivity are essential to the plant industry, biotechnology and biomedical fields. As coconut water contains many known and uncharacterized plant growth regulators (PGRs or phytohormones), it is traditionally used as a growth supplement in plant tissue culture/micropropagation.” ** 
“Results of the experiment revealed that formulated coconut water could be used as alternative fertilizer. The following were observed: (1) The formulated coconut water is comparable to the commercial liquid fertilizer based on the physico-chemical tests conducted; (2) Formulated coconut water is as effective as the commercial liquid fertilizer in terms of its effect on height, fresh weight, and number of leaves of pechay; (3) Commercial liquid fertilizer and formulated coconut water are almost comparable in terms of their effects on soil pH, soil organic matter, and soil available phosphorus.” *** 
“The results obtained from this study, revealed that the rooting of … cuttings was enhanced when dipped in coconut water for 5 minutes” ****  
“For plant height, plant cultured on medium supplemented with coconut water from fresh green fruits had height of 18 cm but those cultured on medium with BAP had a height of 15 cm at 16 weeks.” *****

In the above chart, you will see the results of increased growth across all areas when treated with coconut water (black) vs no coconut water (grey).******



*International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN (Online): 2319-7064 Index Copernicus Value (2015): 78.96 | Impact Factor (2015): 6.391

**A. Baque, Y. Shin, T. Elshmari , E. Lee, K. Paek, Effect of light quality, sucrose and coconut water concentration on the microporpagation of Calanthe hybrids (‘Bukduseong’ × ‘Hyesung’ and ‘Chunkwang’ × ‘Hyesung’) Md. Australian Journal of Crop Science

***Yong, Jean & Ge, Liya & Tan, Swee. (2011). THE COMPOSITION OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS IN COCONUT (COCOS NUCIFERA L.) WATER. 38th Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (2011) annual conference, At Chicago, USA. 

****R. M Roldan (1995) Liquid fertilizer formulated from coconut water: its effect on the growth and yield of pechay and on soil properties, Centro Escolar Univ., Manila, Philippines..

*****J.N. Buah and P. Agu-Asare, 2014. Coconut Water from Fresh and Dry Fruits as an Alternative to BAP in the in vitro Culture of Dwarf Cavendish Banana. Journal of Biological Sciences, 14: 521-526.

******O. A. Ibironke (2017) Response of Selected Ornamentals to Rooting Hormone in Different Propagating Media, Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, the Federal University of Technology, P.M.B 704 Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.

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