Coco peat is a real pleasure to work with! It's light, fluffy and not dirty becuase it's been washed and buffered before being compressed into a block of coco peat.
• "Washed" - Excess dust has been washed off before compressing
• "Buffered" - Soaked in a calcium magnesium solution in order to lower potassium and sulphur levels
Coco peat naturally contains high amounts of potassium, and low amounts of calcium and magnesium. Fertilizer must be added when using coco peat.
Coco peat, a.k.a. coco coir / coco pith / coco soil, is a 100% natural fibre made of coconut husks, it's a natural growing medium. It has excellent water retention properties and when fully saturated it still holds around 22% oxygen - Roots need both water and oxygen to thrive.
Coco peat is a completely eco-friendly option for use as growing medium. It makes use of the fibrous material of the coconut (coco coir) which is a natural by-product of the coconut farming industry. Coco peat is often mixed with perlite, vermiculite and other substrates and amendments to create the desired growing medium and is most effective as a growing medium when nutrients are added to the coco and when the pH of the medium is controlled. Coco peat is also used as animal bedding ans in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses.
Coco is great for aerating your soil and increasing the amount of oxygen available to roots. Just add water, the compressed coco block expands to roughly 70 litres of usable growing medium.
Soak the compressed coco block in roughly 10 litres of water and leave it to expand. The 5kg coco block expands to fill approximately 70 litres of usable growing medium.