Growing Plants in Coco Peat
Coco Peat is a natural by-product of coir extraction that has unique advantages and is vastly implemented in the areas of horticulture, floriculture, nurseries and container gardening. Coco peat is one of the most sustainable planting materials available on market.
Coco Peat is a conventionally used growing material for plants adjacent to soil. The natural and organic coco peat makes planting simpler, easier and compact. Coco peat offers plenty of assistance throughout the growth phases of plants.
- High absorbance, holds upto 10 times more water than any other grow substrate. Once planted using coco peat, the grower need not to worry about regular watering as the coco peat sustained the water for a longer time.
- Optimal aeration, air pores in the coir structure facilitates optimal oxygen intake by the root system towards better growth development.
- Antifungal in nature, coco peat exhibits resistance to pests, weeds and moulds which in turn will help protect plants from disease and decay as they grow.
- Neutral pH, the ideal pH of coco peat aids greatly in nutrients release into the root cells.
- Re-used coco peat comes in handy as additional soil mix or compost, upturning the carbon footprint in the ecosystem and ensuring pocket-friendly.
Breaking down the Brick
- Coco peat Brick
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 5 gallon mulch bucket
- Garden trowel
Break the coco peat brick in parts with your hands and put it into a mulch bucket. Every 1/3rd cubic foot of coco peat brick makes 4 quarts of planting material. Add 1 gallon of warm water to break apart the brick and leave for about 2 hours. Stir and fluff the coco peat to check if it's loose. If not, pour some more water and leave it for another 10-15mins.
For Planter or Potting
Once the loose, moisturized coco peat is ready to use. Fill the coco peat into a planter uptill 2 inches from top, and transplant the desired seedling into coco peat planter in the center, fill up with potting soil (soil+fertilizer) for long term stability. Place the planter in an abundant light zone and the water the seedling in a regular interval of time.
Else, for the plant growing in soil as substrate, cover the potting layer with 1 inch of coco peat to retain soil moisture.
For Use in Garden
For direct application of coco peat into the garden, coco peat must be mixed with soil in 3:1 ratio (3 parts of soil:1 part of coco peat). Coco peat helps the garden to retain moisture, aerates the oxygen supply, increases rate of composting of organic matter and significantly reduces the risk of fungal attack and disease cause.