BioChar as the name suggests is biologically made charcoal made using biomass through Pyrolytic process in the absence of oxygen. Biochar is a stable solid, rich in carbon, and can endure in soil for thousands of years. Biochar thus has the potential to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration.
Benefits of BioChar
Significant increase in soil microbes density
Retention of nutrients in soil like that for Nitrogen, Phosphorous
This leads to less water consumption & moisture retention
Regulating the soil temperature
Helps in Germination and Root growth
Reduction in Greenhouse Gases
Difference Between BioChar, Activated BioChar & VermiCompost
The life of BioChar is more than 10 years
BioChar helps in the growth of microbes in Soil overtime which helps in overall productivity improvement.
BioChar helps in higher nutrition retention especially magnesium, phosphate & calcium
Contains organic carbon up to 80% which helps in overall soil quality improvement significantly
Leads to significantly lesser green house emissions
One of the best products for carbon sequestration
Significant improvement in pesticides absorption
Very high moisture retention leading to water conservation
Life of Activated BioChar is about 20% lesser than BioChar
Activated BioChar helps in the growth of microbes in the soil in addition to providing basic nutrients
Activated BioChar also helps in nutrition retention but at a lower rate than BioChar
Organic Carbon content is up to 30% which also is great for providing to the soil
Lesser greenhouse emissions than others but more than Biochar
Gives marginal benefits of carbon sequestration
Marginal improvement in pesticides absorption
Marginal improvement in water retention
Life of VermiCompost is about 4-6 months.
VermiCompost provides basic nutrients to the soil for a short duration and needs to be given regularly
VermiCompost Nutrition retention is for a limited time and is significantly lesser than BioChar
Organic Carbon content is less than 10% and is comparatively much lesser then the other two
Not much effect on Greenhouse emissions
It provides no help in carbon sequestration
Temporary & partial effect in pesticides absorption
Very less moisture retention as compared to BioChar
Mix BioChar thoroughly in the soil if making a new pot. In case of an existing plant being used then mix it thoroughly in the top 2-3 inch layer of the soil. Make sure that the particles are not on top and have been mixed thoroughly.
Suggested use is 50 gms in a standard 8-9 inch pot. The dosage is to be repeated in an interval of 4 months for the first year. The dosage will increase according to the size of the pot or as per the size of the plant to which it is being applied to.