Coco peat is an excellent growing medium to use on your plants both indoors or outdoors. It will improve the soil quality, can retain moisture, and is rich in nutrients which make it perfect for seeding or young plants. You can usually find coco peat in stores and buy them, but alternatively, you can also make your own coco peat. Here’s how to make your own coco peat at home.
Qualities of Coco Peat
Aside from the ones that have already been mentioned above, coco peat also offers a lot of other qualities. Coco peat is easy to handle because of its lightweight, consistent texture that is comfortable to work with and doesn’t create mud. Coco peat also can be reused for four years, sometimes even five. It has a neutral pH level and takes a long time to decompose.
Coco peat is also resistant to fungi and bacteria because of its biochemical and physical features. It has amazing oxygenation properties which makes it perfect for root growth, and it can be mixed with soil just as well as manure.
Interesting Facts About Coco Peat
Coco peat is full of nutrients, it has phosphorus, nitrogen, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and other elements. It also has exceptional water-absorption abilities. A kilogram of dried coco peat can expand to 15 liters of water. This will help you to save water when taking care of your plants.
Not only it can absorb water, coco peat also can retain moistures therefore offers great drainage and aeration characteristics. This is because coco peat has a moisture retention quality ranging from 600-800 percent.
How to Make Coco Peat at Home
Coco peat can be found in gardening stores, but you can also make coco peat at home if you have easy access to coconut husks. First, keep your coconut husks dry at all times and then also dry the fibers after you remove them from the husks.
After that, chop the husks into small pieces. Then, use a mixer grinder to grind them into fine powder and remove the fibers from the powder, you can use a sieve to do this. Also, coconut husks contain salt, so you need to remove it by using water to rinse the resulting peat.
The next step is to soak the peat in water for about an hour. After that, remove the water from the peat by squeezing it and then dry it in the sun for at least one day. To help this process, make sure you do this in the summer where the sunlight is plenty and steady. When it’s dry, your own homemade coco peat is ready and you can use it to fill a planter.
There you go, all you need to know about coco peat, its qualities, benefits, and how to make your own coco peat at home. Coco peat is an excellent medium for growing plants, and it doesn’t damage the environment in any way.