Difference between Low EC and High EC Coco Peat
Coco peat, an authentic soil amendment, also used as growing media in hydroponic systems, is a talk of folks in horticulture industries. Over the past few decades, Coco coir has raised its popularity by multiple folds and is an economically sustainable field that most opt for.
Coco coir opens up diverse benefits to its user, like;
- Coco peat combined with clay pebbles / perlite will make a perfect soil amendment and potting mix.
- Coco peat flooded in nutrient solution is a highly recommended grow media for hydroponic grow.
- Rather than growing purposes, Coir pith is also used as (i) industrial absorbent and (ii) barn & reptile bedding material.
Talking about the feasibility of Coco peat as a growing media, we can broadly classify them under Low EC and High EC Coco Peat for better understanding of growers.
In usual, low EC coco peat are noted to have EC value < 0.5 mS/cm with pH 5.5 to 6.8, whereas high EC coco peat consists of EC > 0.8 mS/cm. These measurements are concluded after the certified testing procedure, where Electrical Conductivity is calculated.
Low EC Coco peat
Low EC or Washed Cocopeat is washed with natural spring water to lower the EC level. It is the same coco peat used as grow media. Coco peat as an organic, biodegradable material is one of the most sorted and versatile grow media that can utilised in a variety of plant growing in Horti & Floriculture.
Unlike any other, coco peat is 100% natural, safe and sustainable substance serving as growers’ friendly grow media and aiming for ecological balance.
Using coco peat is a very simple process, even the first time growers find it easy to work along. Coco peat enhances the crop quality, increasing final harvest. You can make a bountiful yield only by following a simple set of instructions like pre-planting and watering schedules.
- Potting mix and soil amendments
- Nurseries and Garden centre
- Horticulture and Floriculture
- Gardening and Landscaping
- Hydroponic and Vertical farming
High EC Coco peat
High EC or Unwashed coco peat is the raw form of coir pith without any prior wash. It is basically used as pet bedding and terrarium substrate. These coco peat has an excellent absorbing ability that helps to suck in wastes, leaving behind clean, safe, odor-free space.
High moisture holding capacity enables easy air-flow and cushiony effect for pets. Coco peat acts as anti-allergen, inhibiting pests & rodents which are detrimental to pet’s health.
A user-friendly bedding as it is easy to lay, easy to clean & easy to dispose of. Slow decomposition, organic and cost effective adds on to the worth of Coco bedding.
Coco coir bedding is extensively used in farms, horse barns/ stables, as terrarium substrate and regular pet bedding in households. Being a super absorbent, it is also being used as Industrial absorbent for oil, grease and hazardous chemical absorb.