Coco peat commonly uses for growing medium and is good for the plant. The use of cocopeat is usually for soil amendments. It’s made from coco fiber-like when we open a coconut—that hairy looks husk as the basis material of cocopeat. The fiber-like coconut husk is washed before and then dried, sieved, and made free from dirt and other contaminations. It is easy to find coconut husk near our house, especially if you live in tropical countries. Either use coco peat as hydroponic growing media is the benefit of maintaining water retention and good nutrients for growing media. Coco peat provides antifungal benefits when used mainly or alone in the soil as an ingredient.
For the information, coco peat has a pH between 5.0 to 7.0, so it is good for the growth of any plant. Coco peats can obtain various benefits by using cocopeat as a plant growing media. Instead, its use as soil mix or alternative use for the dirt. Unfortunately, coco peat is not as good as soil because it does not contain many good nutrients for plants. That’s why coco peat still requires additional mixed with fertilizers as plant fertilizing. The use of coco peat can be various and not limited. Coco peat can be form or mold as a brick, or coco peat disk.
How to use coco peat brick
As we mentioned before, coco peat can look like a brick too. The coconut husk has been ground and compressed in the form of a brick. The advantage of using this coco peat brick is easy to package, store, handle, and it is efficient. Coco peat will need to be reconstituted before use. When you want to reconstitute the coco peat bricks, you have to compress the coconut coir or peat. It will expand and increase more than 5 or 6 times in volume after it’s reconstituted. Consider how much coco peat you are planning to use. You can measure it, so there is no need to waste the coco peat.
First, you can prepare a large bucket and throw the brick on it. Coco peat will break apart when we add the amount of water to saturate the brick. Let dry coco peat brick absorb the water for a couple of minutes to increase its volume fully. After that, stir and fluff coco peat with a garden trowel after 15-20 minutes. You can add more water if it looks dry or not loose yet. Once the coco peat brick is moist and loose, it is ready to use for your growing media plant. However, sometimes coco peat brick can be used when it is still dry as furniture because of its aesthetic look.
The benefit of coco peat
Coco peat’s shape and texture resemble soil, and its fine grain makes the plant adaptable and if grown in soil habitats. After that, coco peat as a growing medium has a high water absorption capacity and can store more water than in the soil. Because it can retain moisture in the plant, plant roots do not dry out quickly and can be well hydrated by air or sunlight. Besides that, Coco peat is very environmentally friendly and can degrade in the soil well when it is no longer useful. Growing plants with Coco peat is great for those who are just beginning to learn to grow plants hydroponically. Growing plants with Coco peat is excellent for you who start to learn to grow hydroponic plants. that’s all explanation about the use and benefits of coco peat for plants.
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