TataBad, Sivananda Colony, Coimbatore

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people often talk of excessive salts in coconut husk based substrates;

Coconut husks from which COCOPEAT products are made from, do in fact contain naturally formed high levels of Potassium Chloride and lesser lever of Sodium Chlorides at the primary processing stage. These salts are also nutrients in another sense, but they are reduced to a beneficial level by four basic processes. Ageing, Ageing by Influenced by bacterial introduction, washing & buffering which means the products are chemically exchange & discharge of salts prior to it being used as a growing medium.

I am conversant in using Peat Moss for my seedling trays in which I grow salt sensitive plants such as lettuce.
Will coco peat 25 Kilo bale break up in my old paddle type mixer?

Yes indeed, just as easily as the peat moss; maybe easier perhaps, but please take into consideration that COCOPEAT absorbs & retains much more water than peat moss and therefore you must add a little more water; in this instance, more liberally and quite Ideally, the soluble seed starter fertilizer in a hydration solution of around 60 LT per bale is recommended.

How do we deal with the pH level of cocopeat? Is it similar to Peat Moss?

The pH in Peat Moss is acidic and an addition of lime is the normal procedure to balance out the pH to average pH 6.5. The average pH level found in COCOPEAT is slightly more alkaline; 5.8-6.4, which is the ideal level for seed and plant propagation.

Can I use COCOPEAT in my present gutter system & containers where I grow Roses?

cocopeat has a specialized blend of coir pith & buffered crushed husk which has proved itself as an ideal substrate for Roses. The blend combines a medium high water holding capacity with an excellent level of Air Filled Porosity and fast run off of excess water which also means that the excessive salts get washed off quicker than its counterparts which is essential for high quality blooms. Finer lateral roots develop very quickly and it is known that the overall production is increased by over 20% in the first and second years of cut flower production. What’s more, the substrate lends itself to the commercial lifespan of the plant resulting in an overall saving which equals profit.

Can I grow plants such as Gerbera in cocopeat?

Of course! In Gerbera production, a high Air Filled Porosity with fast run off & a lower water retention level is essential. Traditionally, a grower would formulate a blend of peat and perlite, grow rocks or vermiculite 60% : 40% ratio. This feature has been remarkably “engineered” by cocopeat by blending the exact proportions of pith, fibre & crushed husk to simulate an Air Filled Porosity and Water Holding Capacity required to perform in the most efficient manner.

Can I ask for a CROP SPECIFIC BLEND which I would like to know about?

Yes, indeed, at cocopeat, we understand that most your problems and questions pose challenges; In this backdrop, we would like to assure you that we are backed by a group with a history of practical, "hands on" horticulturists who posses over two decades of tried & tested methods in your crop and a collective resources of over 300 years of horticulture & hydroponics.

Why We Use Coco peat?

Characteristics Coco Peat
pH 5.5 -6.7 The perfect pH for plants (so no lime to increase pH prior to use)
Water Holding Capacity 9 times its own volume, but it will not become water-logged and as excess water drains away.
Time to 'Take Up Water' Very rapid because cocopith (microsponges) sponge-like structure which have the ability to absorb large quantities of water very quickly.
Soil longevity before grower must replace or add product due to degradation and / or shrinkage. Approx. 5 years with the reason being that coco pith has a naturally high lignin content (approx 45%) which inhibits bacterial and fungal breakdown and thus allows the Cocopeat to biodegrade much most slowly than traditional peat moss.
Ability to Retain Air (oxygen) (AFP) Coco pith has the ability to retain high AFP, at the same time being able to hold large quantities of water without becoming water-logged.
Shrinkage Very long, since coco pith is composed of cells that both look and act like sponges and will hold 78% with excess water simply draining away. Also, the top 1 cm of the substrate produced with coco pith dries quickly & this helps stop moisture evaporation.
Degree of Porosity Excellent-without the addition of any other costly material. Coir pith normally has 96% pore space and this allows water to drain easily through Cocopeat thus preventing water logging but, at the same time, holding maximum amounts of water (78%) in the micro sponges, which remains available-at low tensions-to the plants when/as required.
Mixing with Sand For Root Zone mixes (i.e. golf course construction) as little as 10% Cocopeat needs to be used to add the organic content to the Root Zone mix to obtain the required water retention and maximum percolation.