Growing, with an organic twist
Made from coconut husks and shells, coconut fiber is a truly organic growing medium that’s steadily gaining momentum and growing in popularity. With an amazing ability to hold onto water and oxygen, coconut fiber is also high in root-stimulating hormones and protects plants against pythium, root disease and fungal infestations. It pretty much kicks butt, rivals rockwool and your plants will love it.
Commonly referred to as palm peat, coco peat, cocos, kokos and coir, coconut fiber can be used in soil and hydroponic gardening systems. Some growers also mix it with perlite or expanded clay for increased drainage. Coconut fiber is available as compressed bricks and dramatically expands in size when water is added. It can also be found in loose or dried forms.
The fibers are nearly pH neutral and biodegradable. Therefore, they can be added to a compost bin once they are no longer of use.
When preparing to transplant rooted clones into coconut fiber, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t be a cheapskate: Buy quality coco fiber otherwise you can end up with a high-sodium content in your nutrient solution, which bare root cuttings don’t like.
- Wash your coco prior to using; double washed coconut fiber is ideal.
- As always, be gentle when transplanting your baby clones. They’re delicate and are going to go through a drastic change in environment.