Bristle fiber (Long Fibre)in Coco Fibre Products
The stiff, straight and long strands of fiber are termed bristle fiber or brush fiber. The immature husks are kept in a water-filled pit for 2 to 6 months. During this time, micro organisms break down the plant tissues surrounding the fibers and loosen them a process known as retting. Then long fibers are separated by milling process and subsequently dried and cleaned. The brown fiber is the outcome of seasoned coconuts which have lost their green color (>12 months) in the process. Depend on the combing, we have categorize the fiber as 1 Tie, 2 Tie and 3 Tie fiber. The brown fiber could be converted in to white or black fiber after the chemical (bleaching) treatment. This type of fiber is widely used and each has its own distinct types of applications. Apart from the colour, we could cut the fiber in to different sizes. Such as 12cm, 15cm, 17cm, 18cm etc...
The finish goods are packed in sack bags with a average weight of 12kg for easy handling.
The bristle fibre could be cut in to small particles and blend with coco peat or coco chips to use in the potting media. It is great for use either alone in a hanging basket or for lining a hanging basket in preparation for filling it with orchid mix that would otherwise fall through the slats. Similarly it can be wedged into the bottom of a cork tube making it into a pot that keeps mix in and let’s water out. Coconut husk fiber can also be placed upon a mount as a less moist alternative to sphagnum moss.
Fiber also has substantial moisture retention with good aeration. We use coir in some of mixes for the added moisture it provides. Coir is also good as top dressing to increase moisture.
Main use of bristle fiber
- Brush, Broom, Banister and Tawashi Industry
- Production of Coir Twine
- Potting Mixes/Growing Media
- Manufacture of special filters
- Solidification of the structure of fiber mixtures in the mattress manufacturing