Loose coco peat is often referred as coco soil. Coco soil being a porous and well-drained medium, helps the plant to have strong roots, thus making it an excellent growing medium for hydroponics.
Properties of Cocopeat:
- Cocopeat is light, easy to handle and can even be reused for up to 4 years.
- The physical and biochemical properties of cocopeat make it resistant to bacterial and fungal growth.
- Cocopeat disintegrates slowly. It only begins to break down when it is ten years old, thus providing long-term benefits.
- It has pH of 5.2 to 6.8 which is neutral to slightly acidic. This makes it great to be mixed with alkaline garden soil. Read about soil pH & its effect on plant growth.
- Cocopeat can store and release nutrients to plants for extended periods of time.
- It has great oxygenation properties which are important for healthy root development.
- Cocopeat can be combined with any of the usual ingredients like soil and manure to be used as a mixture or a stand-alone product.
- Cocopeat is available at affordable price for a quality product with an environmentally sustainable future.
- Cocopeat is perfect soil conditioner, and it can retain moisture up to eight times of its volume. It is entirely organic.
- Cocopeat is consistent and uniform in texture, and easy to handle. Unlike soil, it does not form any mud.
Where to use cocopeat?
- Cocopeat is a fantastic sowing medium. It is used to sow the seeds of vegetables and seasonal flowers in seedling trays.
- Cocopeat is a perfect rooting medium. Stem cuttings are inserted in the cocopeat for root induction.
- Cocopeat is very good for soilless gardening and hydroponic farming.
- Cocopeat is an essential ingredient of various potting media like pot-o-mix and organic veggie-mix.
- Potting mixture with added cocopeat is suitable for indoor plants, cacti and succulents, dish gardens, terrariums and hanging baskets.
How to make good coco soil at home?
- Buy a block of Gardenia coco-brick online in India, at Ugaoo.com.
- Take water in a large-sized bucket and immerse coco-peat compressed block in it.
- Keep the block immersed in water for 3-4 hours, so that it absorbs maximum water and loosens up.
- After 3-4 hours the entire block will absorb water, and it will swell up 2-3 times its weight.
- Just drain out the excess water, and you will get ready to use soft, fluffy and light coco soil.
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