Specifications : Coco peat increases the porosity of the potting mix. This helps to keep the soil loose and airy, helping in better root growth. Better root growth results in better plant growth and higher yield. Coco peat increases the water holding capacity of the potting mix even as it increases the porosity of the soil. This ensures that the plant does not suffer from overwatering or underwatering. High porosity, high water holding capacity, and high cation exchange capacity together mean that the quantity of coco peat required per plant can be significantly less.
Coco peat has excellent properties that make it a very forgiving hydroponic (soilless) medium. Being an organic medium, it has a high Cation Exchange Capacity allowing nutrients to be absorbed and released to the plants according to their need. Unlike peat, coco peat is easy to rewet. Dry coco peat is very hydrophilic and quickly absorbs water making it easy to use.
Unlike inorganic mediums such as perlite, vermiculite, or Rockwool, coco peat can be compressed to one-fifth or less of its volume reducing transportation, storage, and handling costs. Coco peat is a renewable media. It is extracted from the husk of coconuts. What used to be a waste product just a couple of decades ago is now one of the thrust areas for export for the Coir Board of India.
Coco peat contains Natural Trichoderma, which acts as a Bio agent against harmful pathogens. It provides an excellent environment for beneficial fungi and bacteria to grow. Coco peat can be pressed into a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all growing applications. Coco peat mixed with coconut husk chips provides all the advantages of coco peat while increasing the drainage of the mix.