Coconut Liner For Planters And Baskets
There are many different types of coconut shells, but only two kinds of coconut shell liners: polyethylene and PVC. Both are made from petroleum products; however, the main difference between them is their chemical composition.
Polyethylene (PE) and PVC have been used for decades in various applications such as food packaging, medical devices, construction materials and much more. They are both non-toxic and biodegradable. However, they do not decompose completely once they are no longer exposed to air or water. Therefore, these substances must be periodically disposed of properly if the environment does not require their continued use.
The most common type of coconut shell liner is polyethylene (PE). These containers are usually made from one piece of material with a small opening at the top so that fresh coconut oil can easily come out when needed.
They are easy to clean and can withstand high temperatures without breaking down. However, PE is very flammable. If it catches fire, the contents may explode violently causing injury or death. Moreover, because of its flammability, it cannot be used in places where there might be a risk of fire such as in kitchens or bathrooms.
Another kind of coconut shell liner is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is commonly known as “plastic.” These liners also consist of one piece that has a small opening at the top which allows fresh coconut oil to come out when needed.
As for physical characteristics, they can withstand high temperatures without breaking down. They are also easy to clean and some of them can even be reused. However, if they are burned, they release toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and phosgene.
Benefits And Uses Of Using Coconut Shells As Liners
Coconut shells are one of the most sustainable garden liners in the market today. Since coconuts are abundant and readily available, they do not require excessive resources to be harvested.
In addition, these liners can last for many years if they are taken care of properly. Unlike plastic or other synthetic materials, these natural materials do not get brittle or crack over time.
They also offer many advantages over other types of food-grade planters including:
1. Excellent insulators.
Coconut shells act as excellent insulators for your plants. This keeps your flowers, herbs or vegetables from getting too hot or cold when left in the sun or shade all day long.
In addition, it helps increase the soil’s temperature and keep it warm during the cold winter months.
As mentioned above, coconuts are a sustainable resource that can be produced on your own property. They don’t need to be imported from other countries and they don’t require the use of chemicals to make them grow.
3. Bacteria and Fungi Resistant.
Coconut shells do not easily attract bacteria or fungi. This is due to their high oil content, which kills any microorganism that comes into contact with it.
4. Naturally Antimicrobial.
The naturally antimicrobial properties of these liners make them resistant to molds and other kinds of bacteria.
Not only are these one of the longest-lasting materials out there, but they are also very easy to clean and maintain. Because of this, they can last for decades if taken care of properly.
6. Attractive Appearance.
Many gardeners like using these because they can complement the look of your yard. Since they are made from dried coconuts, they are often brown in color and have a couple of eyes making them resemble an eye.
These are just some of the many advantages that you get when using coconut shell liners. Of course, it is important to remember that no two coconuts are exactly alike.
Each one will have its own unique characteristics. You may wish to do a little research on these ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.
How To Make Your Own Coconut Shell Planter
Making your own coconut shell planter is actually a very easy process and one that you can do in just a few steps. The first thing you will need to do is acquire some of the shells.
As mentioned above, these can be found at grocery stores or other markets where they sell loose coconuts. If you can’t find any for sale, you can always go out and gather your own.
It is very important that you make sure the shells that you use are dried out completely. This is very important because if they aren’t, the moisture could cause the bacteria and fungi to begin growing and they will eventually break down, just like they would in nature.
In addition to acquiring some shells, you are also going to need a few other things such as:
1. A drill
2. A small bowl (or something similar) that will fit inside the coconut shell
3. Some organic potting soil, compost and fertilizers for your plants
Once you have all of these things, the next step is to drill a hole in the top of each shell. It doesn’t really matter where you put this hole, but you should try to make sure it has a wide circular opening for the plant’s roots to go through.
Once you have all of the shells drilled, it is time to transfer the soil mixture into each one. The amount that you use will vary depending on the size of the shell and how big you want the plant to grow.
When doing this, make sure you leave enough room at the top so that when you place the bowl in, there is still enough room for the roots to grow.
You are then ready to place your plants into each container. Make sure you water the soil after you put the plant in and give it a few days to a week to make sure it takes before moving it to its permanent place.
After this, you are ready to place them outside and watch them grow!
While this is certainly one of the easier ways of creating these planters, it isn’t the only way. If you don’t have the time or resources to gather your own shells, you can always buy them already dried from many craft stores or even online.
Once you get them, all you have to do is drill a hole in the top and fill them up with soil. The choice is entirely up to you and much depends on what you would prefer to do.
Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to have fun creating your own garden with coconut shell planters. Not only are they easy and inexpensive to make, but they are also very interesting and will give a unique look wherever you place them.
Sources & references used in this article:
Hanging basket liner by MT Chiu, DA Firth – US Patent 5,018,300, 1991 – Google Patents
Flexible pouch-like hanging basket liner by T Mayeda, R Mayeda – US Patent 5,454,191, 1995 – Google Patents
Planter liner having an integral water tray by R Rajagopalan – US Patent 7,621,075, 2009 – Google Patents
Planter having an integral water tray by R Rajagopalan – US Patent 6,789,355, 2004 – Google Patents
TOUR! by KFANB Liner – hortscans.ces.ncsu.edu
Dual layer planter liner and method for making same by D Williams – US Patent App. 15/882,538, 2018 – Google Patents