How to use coco peat for growing
Fill the pot very loosely with Soilteck cocopeat and plant with minimum firming. Water well. Potting soil may be mixed with planting medium at 1:2 ratio and used as a soil conditioner.
Re-potting should be done only during spring, summer and fall. House plants should be re-potted in spring. During winter, do not disturb any plants.
Water and let drain. To remove the plant, tap or squeeze the pot, turn it upside down carefully, supporting the plant in one hand. Sharply tap the pot to release the plant, but do not disturb the root ball. Place a layer of Soilteck Cocopeat in the new pot and put the plant on it. Fill the remainder of the pot with cocopeat, firmly packing it around the roots. Water well.
Conditioning of Soil
For every type of soil, environmentally friendly Soilteck Cocopeat is ideal as a soil conditioner. Since it is fibrous it will help break up clay soils, giving friability and drainage. In sandy soils, it will bond together to retain moisture, and vital nutrients.
Fill seed tray with Soilteck cocopeat, level off, pack lightly, water well and allow to drain. Sow seeds as required. Water sparingly, cover with black plastic, or glass to retain moisture and keep out light. Maintain correct temperature of 18 – 21C (64 – 70F). Once seeds germinate, remove the cover and place tray away from direct sunlight. When seedlings are large enough to handle, gently fork them out.
When preparing a new lawn, mix 5 – 7cm (2-3”) of Soilteck Cocopeat together with a pre-seeding fertilizer. Incorporate into the top 15 – 20cm (6 – 8”) of soil, ensuring the area is adequately watered. Adding cocopeat into your new lawn will help retain adequate moisture in dry conditions and also ensure good drainage, providing essential oxygen to the roots.
Ensure that the surface is free of weeds. Spread 5 – 7cm (2 – 3”) of Soilteck Cocopeat which will inhibit the growth of weeds and retain moisture in the soil. It will also protect the roots from frost during the winter and scorching sun during the summer. During the winter, perennials can be protected from severe weather by a mulch of 2.5 – 5cm (1 – 2”). Work this into the surrounding soil in the spring.
Coir holds more water that any peat based medium. Adjust watering accordingly by initially checking the weight of the pot. Coir may appear dry on the top surface but be sufficiently moist beneath.
Fertilize at the first watering. Increased fertilizer rates may be necessary due to less frequent watering and excellent root growth