FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. How to use coco peat in gardening?
Coco peat can be used in many ways in gardening. They can be used as
- Soil amendment
- Constituent in potting mix
- Media for germination
- Media/constituent in hydroponics.
2. Can we mix coco peat with soil?
Yes, you can mix coco peat in the soil to grow plants. It makes the soil well-aerated and well-drained. It also prevents water logging conditions and thus helps in the prevention of root rots.
3. Can we grow plants using coco peat and compost?
Yes. you can grow plants using coco peat and compost in a 1:1 ratio but there will be leaching of nutrients as compost holds excess nutrients. so we recommend you make a potting mix using soil (35-40%), compost (20-25 %), and coco peat (35%) to make use of all the goodness of both coco peat and compost nutrients.
4. Can we grow plants in coco peat alone?
No, coco peat is an excellent soil amendment and constituent but it doesn’t hold appreciable nutrients in it. So do mix the coco peat with soil and/or compost to make a better-growing media for plants. However, coco peat alone can be used to germinate seeds.
5. What is the pH of the coco peat?
Coco peat that is designed for gardening generally has a low EC and pH of around 5.5 to 6.8 which is slightly acidic and facilitates the slow release of nutrients to plants.
6. How long can we store the reconstituted/hydrated coco peat?
You can definitely store the hydrated cocopeat for long years (3-4 years). Dry the coco peat under shade until it turns damp or dry and then store it in any plastic cover/container. A good quality coco peat will always be resistant to bacterial and fungal growth as it is free of pathogens. So do consider buying coco peat from trusted sources.
7. Where can I get coco peat online?
You can try buying coco peat from MyOwnGarden as it is one of the trusted sources of gardening products in India.