What is Tannin and Lignin and Their Effects To Plants?


  • It is widely believed that coco peat is a great growing medium for plants. However, do you actually get a whole understanding about its advantages or the compounds contained in it? You might be heard about the compounds of tannin and lignin contained in coco coir, but you were not sure what they are, and what effects they have on plants. Then, you should stay on this page and find out more about them with thru us.

1. What is Tannin and Lignin?               

  • Tannin

  1. According to Wikipedia, Tannin is a compound of polyphenol which is contain in plants and have ability to form a sustained bond with proteins and highly molecular organic compounds (very large types of molecules). Tannin compounds present in plants play a protective role, acting as pesticides and regulating plant growth
        • Lignin

    As the organic matter that binds the cells, fibers and circuits that form wood in plants (providing bonding, hardness and anti-rot for plants). This is a compound that is applied in the fields of handicrafts, medicine, cosmetics …

        1. Tannin and Lignin in Coco Coir

    Coco peat is known as a natural alternative soil. It contains nutrients and have excellent water retention ability, which assists the development of roots.

    Coconut husks contain a larger of Tannin and Lignin compounds which have bad effects on the crops if they are not treated appropriately.

        1. The impaction of Tannin and Lignin in Coco coir on crops?

    High-content of tannin and lignin will interfere with the growth of crops due to their structural components that prevent the absorption of water, making it impossible for plants to absorb nutrients and air, causing a long-term stunting that causes tree death.

    However, if the tannin and lignin are processed to the appropriate level, they will help the plants fight pests and avoid dying rot trees, etc.

        1. Distinguished coconut peat treated two tannins and lignin compounds?

    Tannin and lignin in coconut coir often processed according to the method of elimination by washing and rinsing for a certain period of time. EnvironSoil will show you how to distinguish processed and untreated coconut peat of these 2 compounds of Tannin and Lignin.


Untreated coco peat has a light brown and have a rough feeling


Treated coco peat has a reddish-brown and high moisture content due to being treated many times with fresh water.

However, sometimes it is not correct if we see it with naked eye, since untreated coconut coir with poor quality also has a reddish-brown color.

Therefore, you should look for reputable agents to choose the right products.

  1. Prestigious location selling treated coconut coir products

With strengths and years of experience in the field of coconut coir production. EnvironSoil is proud to be the leading company in the industry as a supplier, bringing the best value products to customers within the US territories, Canada, and Mexico


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