Coconut Water for Plants

Is coconut water good for plants?

Before we delve into the magic that coconut water is for plant growth, it is important to note that bottled and powdered coconut waters are high-heat pasteurized to make them safe for us to drink. This destroys the hormones and amino acids (that are responsible for supercharged plant growth) so you probably won’t see too much difference if you use any coconut water products made for human consumption.

Below, we’ll explain everything you need to know about using coconut water for plants, from the many different types of coconut waters available, the ratios of water to coconut water, and how often to use for maximized plant growth.

When shouldn’t you use coconut water on your plants?

Do not use coconut water that has added flavors, sugars, or additives. We’ll also let you in on a little secret: most coconut water powders contain over 50% (or more!) fillers, in the form of maltodextrin and other chemicals. Coconut water isn’t cheap, so make sure you’re paying for the actual goods, and not cheap, nasty fillers. Not only that – these fillers can be detrimental to plant growth.

We’ll talk more about the types of processed coconut water below.

Types of Coconut Water and the Effects on Plant Growth

When choosing which type of coconut water to use on your plants, its important to recognize the difference between the processing methods.

We explain the differences below:

Freeze Dried Powder

The next best thing to fresh coconut water!
Freeze-drying coconut water is the best method to keep the natural plant growth hormones in tact. This method is preferred as it doesn’t involve high heat processing or pasteurization, and helps to preserve the natural plant growth hormones within the formula.

Spray Dried Powder

Contains micro and macro nutrients, but not as many (if any) plant growth hormones.
Spray-drying is one of the most cost-effective way of processing coconut water. The process involves exposure to high heats, which means the plant growth hormones are broken down and no longer active.


Good for the compost.
Zero active plant growth hormones, some vitamins and minerals. Extensively heat-pasteurized at high temperatures to make them safe for human consumption. This exposure to high heat means that the natural growth hormones are also broken down and no longer available for plants to use.

What to look for when choosing a type of coconut water for plants

Fresh is Best:
Natural Plant Growth Hormones in Coconut Water

  • Auxins stimulates growth of new roots.
  • Cytokinins initiate growth of new shoots and foliage.
  • Amino Acids act as building blocks to support rapid growth triggered by the phytohormones.

    If you don’t have access to fresh, use freeze-dried concentrates which contain highest amounts of the growth hormones.

It’s 100% Natural and Pet Safe

  • Contains over 16 macro & micronutrients
  • Case studies prove that coconut water makes plants grow up to 3x as fast, naturally

A study by Laguna National Institute of Biotechnology on tomato seedlings showed that coconut water nearly doubled the average shoot weight and nearly tripled the total root mass.


Mamaril, J.C., Lopez, A.M., Simbahan, J.F. and Paner, E.T., 1994. Effect of coconut water growth hormone extract (CWGH) on growth and development of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) under screenhouse conditions. Philippine Journal of Crop Science.

Bigger, healthier plants start with gardeners who understand plant growth.

The coconut is a seed that naturally grows in harsh conditions – think salt, wind, sand, and little nutrients. The coconut seed must have strategies to ensure survival in these harsh conditions. Research shows that these strategies include a mix of natural growth-stimulating chemicals that work harmoniously to increase the rate and size of plant growth more than any other natural product.

Plant growth hormones, (or phytohoromes) like cytokinins, auxins, gibberellins and other phytohormones are naturally present in coconut water. When applied to plants, these hormones act as messengers to tell plants to grow bigger foliage, roots and flowers, and for plant cells to divide more rapidly.

Amino Acids
These act as building blocks to help build strong plant cell walls. They are important in the formation of plant tissues and chlorophyll synthesis, resulting in brighter, more resilient plants. Naturally-occurring amino acids in coconut water include glycine, cystine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, lysine and more – all of which are proven to provide notable results when used in place of fertilizer.

Macro & Micronutrients
The coconut contains over 16 macro and micronutrients which help grow the young plant into a flourishing tree in the most difficult conditions. All of the nutrients found in coconut water are in ratios important for plant growth, allowing plants to benefit from proper balance of all the essential nutrients for normal growth and optimum yield.