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 growing medium due to it’s unique characteristics - it is sterile yet has natural rooting hormones, has anti-fungal properties and is 100% organic.
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 grow medium.
- Coco Peat can be used in seed starting mixes, bedding plants, planters, soil mixes, gardens and container plants. Basically anywhere you would use peat moss. The properties of Coco Peat make it resistant to bacterial and fungal growth.
- Coco Peat holds 8-9 times it's weight in water.
- Coco Peat has the ability to store and release nutrients 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 and add 4 quarts of water. Allow it to soak up all the water ensuring no water is still sitting at the bottom of your container and fluff it up by rubbing the hydrated medium between your hands in a circular motion. This ensures the medium is aerated and the bigger chunks of compressed medium have been broken up. If you find that the centre of the brick is still dry and compressed, simply add more water and continue the same process until you have hydrated the entire brick.
- You don't have to worry about your Coco Peat expiring - You can hydrate the whole brick and use it all at the same time or when and as you need it. So whether it is still in it's compressed form or whether you have hydrated the whole brick, you don't have to worry about it rotting (as long as it is not sitting in water for extended periods of time).