Cocopeat has been used in Asia and Europe for many years, but is still a relatively new product in the U.S. It is a totally natural, environmentally friendly, recycled product which serves as an organic alternative to Rockwool or Perlite media, and as a replacement for peat moss. Cocopeat goes by many names including: coir fiber, coir pith, coir dust and coco fiber. In years past, this by-product of coconut production has been discarded by most factories. The factories where we buy our product separate out the long fibers from the husk of the coconut leaving the cocopeat. The long fibers are used for the production of mattresses, brooms, mats, and other products. This is where our production starts.
Cocopeat has many outstanding properties. It can hold 8 times its weight in water while still providing oxygen to the roots. it has a natural rooting hormone as well as anti-fungal properties. Compared to peat moss, cocopeat decomposes much more slowly and can be reused for 3-5 years. It also rehydrates quicker and does not compact when it dries. This makes for easier watering as well as less waste. It is easy to dispose of, unlike rockwool and perlite which are environmentally hazardous. It does not contain any soil diseases because it comes from above ground. Cocopeat has an excellent ability to retain nutrients and can be combined to enhance the quality of any substrate. In comparison with other mediums, cocopeat is extremely cost effective.
Cocopeat can be used for a wide variety of hydroponic crops including: tomato, cucumber, eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, strawberry, melons, and flowers such as roses and chrysanthemums. It is widely used in greenhouses, potting mix suppliers, seedling nurseries, golf green construction, and distributers of horticultural and gardening products.
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