Horticultural charcoal, also known as biochar or garden charcoal, is a type of charcoal specifically designed for gardening purposes. It is 100% natural nursery grade unprocessed type of carbon used to improve soil drainage, enhance nutrient retention, regulate pH, increase water holding capacity, suppress weeds, support beneficial microbial activity, and contribute to carbon sequestration promotes healthier plants, improved soil fertility, and sustainable gardening practices
Improves Plant Health
Horticultural charcoal has a porous structure that allows for enhanced soil drainage. When added to soil, it helps prevent waterlogging and excessive moisture, promoting better aeration and reducing the risk of root rot.
Charcoal has a high cation exchange capacity (CEC), which means it has the ability to attract, hold, and release nutrients. Horticultural charcoal can absorb and retain nutrients, preventing them from leaching away with water and making them available to plants over time. This helps improve nutrient retention in the soil and promotes healthy plant growth
Soil Fertility Enhancement
Horticultural charcoal acts as a long-term soil amendment that improves soil fertility. As it breaks down slowly, it releases nutrients into the soil, providing a continuous supply of essential elements for plant growth. It also helps improve the overall soil structure and supports beneficial microbial activity, which further contributes to soil fertility.
Increased Water Holding Capacity
Charcoal has the ability to retain moisture within its porous structure. When incorporated into the soil, horticultural charcoal can help improve water retention capacity, ensuring that plants have access to moisture during dry periods. It helps prevent rapid soil drying and reduces the frequency of watering.
Filters Harmful Bacteria and Reduction of Soil Odors
Horticultural charcoal has odor-absorbing properties and can help reduce unpleasant odors in the soil. It can absorb and neutralize volatile compounds that contribute to foul smells, providing a fresher environment for plants and gardeners. Excellent at absorbing impurities to keep plants healthy and disease-free
Horticultural charcoal can help suppress weed growth when used as a mulch or incorporated into the soil. Its physical structure creates a barrier that inhibits weed germination and growth, reducing competition for nutrients, water, and space.
Beneficial Microbial Activity
Horticultural charcoal provides a habitat for beneficial soil microorganisms. It supports the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi that contribute to soil health and nutrient cycling. These microorganisms help break down organic matter, improve soil structure, and enhance nutrient availability to plants.
Horticultural charcoal is a durable amendment that can provide long-lasting benefits to the soil. It does not break down quickly and can remain effective for several years, reducing the need for frequent reapplication
Garden Safety Tips
When doing gardening always wear a P2 / FFP2 / N95 KN95 Safety Mask 4ply to keep your respiratory health from harmful micro organisms, dust, pollution or vapors. General potting mix contains plenty of micro organisms. Always wear your safety gears such as mask, glove and googles when working with them.
A common media when mixing with your potting mix are Vermiculite, Perlite, Coco coir and Mineral products. They may contain micro dust particles, which you want to avoid harming your lungs. Especially Perlite dust particles, they are glass like and breathing them in will cause irreversible damage to your lungs. So always stay safe and wear your N95 / KN95 / P2 / FFP2 / KF94 grade protective mask to avoid any unnecessary health risk.