Application and use

Increasing crop yield and plant quality with bamboo biochar organic fertiliser

No matter your soil type, geography, growing environment and plant varieties, many growers and green industry professionals have seen crop production improvements and plant quality benefits from Bamboo Biochar’s soil, plant and performance features. 

Designed to be compatible with most common application practices and equipment for dry granular materials, Bamboo Biochar is available in three packaging sizes, making it suitable for all growing needs and operations from backyard gardeners, commercial turf and landscape professionals to production agriculture. Our patented technology can address a range of soil challenges for both new and established plants, giving growers a valuable tool that can be used to bring challenging soils up to par, or to elevate good soils to even higher performance levels. Ultimately providing greater productivity, plant quality, resilience, and sustainability.

Type of use


Helps growers and users manage soil properties and has been shown to improve plant establishment through quicker germination and increased root development.

Fruit, berry and nut trees​

Improves soil quality which can lead to a higher success rate and longer lasting growth of tree plantings and transplants, as well as shrubs and berry plants.


For innovative, conventional and organic growers interested in improving key soil performance characteristics for greater permanent crop yield, significant return on investment, and long-term sustainability benefits.

Field crops​

Bamboo Biochar is a consistent and predictable soil enhancer that has shown impressive crop yield increases on corn, wheat, cotton, hemp, sesame, tobacco, rice, barley, and more. It has shown long term reduction in fertiliser and pesticide use.

How does it benefit such different plants?

Water retention​

Enhances soil water holding capacity. Improves infiltration rates. Limits evaporation loss​.

Plant health​

Improves chemical, biological and physical properties of the soil. Increased water, nutrients and beneficial microbes generates higher yields.

Soil improvement

A single application produces long term soil improvement by sequestering carbon. EU certified 100% organic. Reduces pesticide use.

Examples of plants that benefit from Bamboo Biochar Organic Fertiliser

Application rates

Plant / crop Amount 
Coffee, cacao, tea 
Sesame, rice and field crops
Tobacco, cotton
100 to 120 kg/acre
Vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries 80 to 100 kg/acre
Fruit trees, banana plant and oil palm  0.5 to 1 kg/tree 
Horticulture (nursery) 5-10kg mixed with 100kg substrate

Techniques for using Bamboo Biochar

tree planting biochar

The ‘hole’ technique: When planting a new orchard, nut plantation or transplanting coffee seedlings to the field. Use between 0.5-1kg of Bamboo Biochar in the hole. Place the roots of your plant directly onto the biochar and cover with soil. A symbiotic relationship will develop between beneficial fungi in the biochar and the roots of your plant. This leads to dramatically increased planting success rates and reduction in future plant disease. One time application leads to long term benefits.

biochar coffee application

For a coffee plant, fruit or nut tree, shrub or berry bush that is already established you can use the ‘ring’ technique. Remove the soil in a ring around the plant where the tips of its roots are. Fill this with Bamboo Biochar and cover with soil. You can also place the Bamboo Biochar directly on the soil surface and it will over time incorporate itself into the soil.

grapes trench biochar

When adding biochar to an existing row of grape vines, use the ‘trench’ technique. Dig a 6-12 inch deep trench, around 6 inches to 2 foot away from the grape vine where the tips of its roots are found. Fill with Bamboo Biochar and then cover with soil. Add your fertiliser, nutrients and water to this trench and the biochar/beneficial fungi networks will distribute it to the plants in the most efficient way.

The ‘trench’ technique, as explained for grape vines, can also be used in between rows of fruit, nut and other trees. The biochar becomes colonised by beneficial microbes, including fungi, that create an interconnected highway throughout the plantation, holding and sharing nutrients, water and resources as needed. This leads to a more resilient plantation, that is more tolerant to drought and with fewer incidences of disease.

biochar hand
biochar application

For rows of vegetables or field crops you can use the ‘band’ application method. Either by hand or off the back of a tractor, incorporate 5-10% biochar into the top 6 inches of soil. This is the same as covering the soil with biochar to a depth of 1/2 inch, and then tilling it into the soil. You want the biochar to interact with the roots of your crop.

tobacco farm biochar