Coco Peat is the coir fiber pith obtained as a bi–product when coconut husks are processed for the extraction of the long coconut fibers. Depending on the specification of the final product the pith can be washed, buffered, or simply graded before being processed into various products for horticultural and agricultural applications.
What makes Coco Peat Ideal for Horticulture Purpose?
- Improves soil aeration, allowing roots to breathe
- Improves soil buffering capacity as coco peat is mostly tolerant to pH variations
- Thanks to its spongy nature, coco peat can store and release nutrients to the plants on demand
- Coco peat can be reused for up to 5 years after which it can be used for composting or added directly into the soil
- Most importantly coco peat is from a 100% natural and replenish-able source – the coconut husk – which makes it the best choice as an alternative to other growing media.
Applications of Coco Peat
Coco Peat in Horticulture
- As a substrate or growing medium in greenhouses
- As an ingredient in potting soil to improve the moisture retention capacity and buffering capacity of the potting soil
- In nurseries for seed germination and growing seedlings as they can retain moisture and maintain an ideal condition for seed germination
- Coco Peat, being lightweight and being able to retain moisture, are also used by hobby growers and even as substrate roof gardening
- As an amendment to improve the soil texture, soil aeration, and moisture retention capacity
- Coco Peat, being sustainable and eco-friendly, is used as a substitute to Peat Moss as Peat Moss harvesting is found to be contributing to Global Warming
- Composted Coco Peat is used as an Organic Manure
Industrial Applications of Coco Peat
- Coco Peat, having a spongy structure, is used as an oil absorbent
Coco Peat for Animal Bedding and Mulching
- Coco Peat along with Coco Chips are widely used as Animal Bedding for Horse Stables
- Coco Peat and Coco Chips is also becoming increasingly popular in Animal Bedding for Exotic Pets like Lizards, Spiders, Frogs, and Snakes
- Coco Chips is used as a mulch in Landscaping