Coco Block 5 kg Sieved Low E.C Particle size
Product code: Cocopeat 03
Popular growing medium:
Coco-peat is a growing medium which is in use since many years.
The popularity is due to the remarkable good characteristics:
- Coco-peat has naturally a high air-porosity.
- Coco-peat absorbs water easily.
- Coco-peat is a stable material.
- Coco-peat is a 100% organic material.
- Coco-peat is easy in handling.
- Coco-peat can be transported in compressed form in different shapes.
- Coco-peat is a growing medium with proven experience.
The production of Coco-peat is the following:
The husk which grows around the hard coconut contains both fibers and fine materials.
After most of the fiber has been removed we are left with the fine material, the Coco-peat.
To guarantee the stability of the Coco-peat, we “age” the Coco-peat before further treatment.
Although this is a quite expensive way of production, we do this to avoid problems with breaking down of the Coco-peat and to improve the stability and reliability of your growing medium.
Many customers prefer to have a washed material because this fits better in their culture or way of working. To avoid surprises with high EC’s, we wash the Coco-peat before sending it to the customer.
The EC is washed down to less than 1,0 ms/cm in 1:1,5 dilution.
For this purpose, we have access to clean water reserves.
Because Coco-peat has a negatively charged complex, there are positively charged ions primarily consisting of sodium and potassium on this complex.
This doesn't cause many problems to start with, because these elements surround the complex (like iron to a magnet) and are bound and therefore not available to the plant root.
The problem, however, begins after fertilizing with calcium or magnesium (which elements are always used in cultivation). The calcium will push the sodium and potassium from the complex and take their place.
This all sounds very theoretical but it has real consequences for growers: although they feed the plants calcium, sodium and potassium will become available to the plant roots instead.
To prevent this from happening, we added another coco product to their range; besides washed coco we also offer buffered coco-pith.