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Coco peat is made from the pith inside a coconut husk. It is naturally anti-fungal, making it an excellent choice to start seed. Coco peat is used as a soil amendment, potting mix, and in hydroponic production. It increases water retention, aeration and provides antifungal benefits when used alone or incorporated into the soil as an ingredient.
• The primary benefit of coco coir and peat is how environmentally friendly it is, especially in comparison to other compost options such as peat moss. Created from the layer of pith inside a coconut, it is a completely natural by-product that would otherwise be discarded, making it one of the most sustainable planting options on the market.
• Adding to its environmental value, coco peat is completely re-usable. Once used to grow plants in one pot, it can be cleaned and strained – making it good as new. This not only decreases its carbon footprint; it also ensures that coco coir is a budget-friendly option.
• Coco peat is highly absorbent, holding around 30% more water than most peat. It is also excellent at retaining water, and is also able to release it slowly in order for your plant to better absorb it. This means that once you’ve done the planting, coco peat will do much of the after care for you. You’ll find yourself watering the plants far less regularly than if you were to use a conventional compost.
• Coco peat will do an excellent job of keeping your plants healthy, due to its anti-fungal properties. It is also resistant to mould, which in turn will help protect your plants from disease and decay as they grow.
• Coir is also slightly alkaline, with a pH value of 5.8–6.8. This is generally considered to be an ideal pH value for compost to release nutrients, and means that it’s not necessary to use a neutralizing products.
HOW TO USE
• Coco peat can be used as a soil-less growing medium for potted plants or in aqua-culture growing environments.
• If you don’t know how to use coco peat in pots–the way is to add a 1/4 part of coco peat in the potting mix.
• Container gardens dry out faster, so apply a 1-inch layer of coco peat over the container soil to help the soil retain moisture.
• Coco peat can also be as a sole growing medium for starting seeds. Once the shoots start to form you can transplant seedlings into the pots.
While using coco peat for potted plants comes with its advantages, there are a few things to be aware of in order to obtain optimum results.
• Coco peat does not hold any nutrients of its own. This is easily solved by adding plant food to the pot before its initial hydration. This will ensure your seedlings have all the nutrients they need.
• Over time coco peat can build high levels of salt.
• Whilst coco coir is a fully organic material, you will find that it is incredibly hardy, meaning that it is not completely bio-degradable. Whilst it will decompose eventually, it will take a long time to do so. Rather than throwing your coco coir away, try to reuse and/or recycle it.