How to Grow Plants in Coco Peat
Coco peat is becoming popular plant growing medium and an alternative to soil. Coco peat has many benefits over soil. It is light weight, doesn’t compact over the time and provide better aeration to roots. Coco peat holds water very well due to high water retention property. That means plants grown in coco peat need less watering. Coco peat doesn’t contain any nutrients in it. Humus or any organic manure need to be mixed in ratio of 1:1 to prepare a potting mix. Coco peat can be mixed with soil too and used as potting mix. In that case mix coco peat, organic manure/humus and soil in ratio of 1:1:1. Go with commercially available ready to use compressed & processed coco peat blocks if want to avoid all the hassle of preparing potting mix on your own. Processed coco bricks are very cheap, easily available and contains all the necessary nutrients required for seed germination and plant’s growth. Lets have a look how to use coco peat.
What all you need ?
Compressed & processed coco peat block
Seedling tray (in case you want to grow plants from seedlings)
Grow Bags / Pots (for growing plants directly from seeds)
Water and a bucket or tub
How to do it ?
Gather all the above mentioned items before you start. Take coco peat brick in a bucket or a tub and start pouring water on it. Coco brick absorbs water and expands. Continue adding water till the complete block is expanded. This will result in a moist coco peat or ready to use potting mix. Buy branded coco peat for your garden.
Fill the mix in seedling trays (in case you want to grow seedlings first) or Grow Bags / Pots (if growing plants directly from seeds).
Mix this moist coco peat with organic manure i.e. cow manure in equal amount for home made potting mix. You can add red soil too with coco peat and organic manure in ratio of 1:1:1.
Scatter pinches of seeds as evenly as possible. Cover these seeds with thin layer of coco peat about 1/8th inch just to cover seeds. Do not push seeds deep into the soil as it will restricts sunlight required to germinate.
Water the area with a fine spray using sprayer. Giving water through sprayer is good as it avoid displacement of seeds and saves tender seedling from bending. Keep the soil surface moist but not dripping wet until seeds sprout. Check out our collection of all gardening essentials.
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