Growing hydroponically with Coco Peat
Coco Peat makes an excellent growing medium for hydroponics, soil mixes, and container plant growing. Coco peat, also known as coir pith, coir fibre pith, coir dust, or simply coir, is made from coconut husks, which are byproducts of other industries that use coconuts.
Coir waste from coir fiber industries is washed, heat-treated, screened and graded before being processed into coco peat products of various granularity and denseness, which are then used for horticultural and agricultural applications. Coco peat is used as a grow medium due to it’s unique characteristics, it is sterile yet has natural rooting hormones and anti-fungal properties. It is a 100% organic product.
Usually shipped in the form of compressed large bricks or smaller briquettes, the end user usually expands and aerates the compressed coco peat by adding water. A single kilogram of coco peat will expands to 15 litres of moist coco peat.
- Coco peat can be used in seed starting mixes, bedding plants, planters, soil mixes, gardens, container plants. Anywhere you would use peat moss. The properties of Coco Peat make it resistant to bacterial and fungal growth.
- Coco Peat holds water rather than shedding it like traditional peat does! It holds 8-9 times its weight in water.
- Coco Peat has the ability to store and release nutrient to plants for extended periods of time. It also has great oxygenation properties which is important for healthy root development.
- It has a pH of 5.0-6.8 which is neutral to slightly acidic. This makes it great for alkaline garden soils.
- Easy to use! Just put your compressed Coco Peat brick in a container, add 4 quarts of warm water and let it sit until the water is absorbed, fluff it up and you are ready to use Coco Peat!