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What is cocopeat? PDF Print E-mail

About Coco Peat

Coco Peat is the only Bio Organic Substrate that has very unique characteristics which promotes plant growth Exponentially. It's derived from the coconut husk and unlike peat moss; coco peat is a renewable resource.

Why "SOILTECK" Coco Peat.
•    100% Certified Organically processed coconut substrates.
•    OMRi Listed
•    Super washed with freshwater to remove Sodium (EC), tannin, phenolic, chloride, etc.
•    Complete freshwater processing
•    Composted for a minimum of 2 years
•    No steaming or harsh chemical washes to ensure a healthy microbial population.
•    Naturally contains Trichoderma a natural rooting/ growth agent.
•    High lignin/ cellulose content
•    Ideal environment for microbial life to flourish
•    Disease Suppression Significant reduction in root diseases. (Recent studies strongly suggest coir inhibits Pythium and Phytothora growth.)
•    Faster growth with more abundant fruit/bloom setting
•    Easy to dispose/ recycle compared to rockwool or expanded clay.
•    Plants root faster compared to other medium, great for seeds and cuttings.
•    Preferable natural PH compared to peat moss: (Coir: 5.7-6.2) (Peat: 2.3-3.3)
•    Weed and pathogen free
•    Mold and fungal resistant
•    Lasts many times longer than peat moss.
•    High water and air holding capacity
•    All coco products hold water and air like a sponge
•    Excellent drainage, High Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
•    Cuts down on fertilizer up to 30%
•    Prevents stress after repotting
•    100% Natural and renewable resource
•    Coco never compacts, Easily rewets unlike peat moss which is known to form a waxy layer on top of the medium which causes the water to run-off. Coir always absorbs evenly through the medium.

What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics, simply stated, is the cultivation of plants without soil. The word hydroponics comes from two Greek words, “hydro” meaning water and “ponos”, which means labor. The concept of hydroponics has been around for thousands of years. The hanging gardens of Babylon and the floating gardens of China are two of the earliest examples of hydroponics. Scientists did not begin to make huge advancements in hydroponics technologies until the 1950’s.

Hydroponics has proven to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate of hydroponically grown plants is 30%-50% faster than soil grown, under the same conditions. The yield of the plant is also greater. These benefits are due to the fact that in these systems, plants receive extra oxygen, which stimulates root growth. Hydroponics systems also deliver a water/nutrient solution on a consistent basis, eliminating the need for the plant to expand energy to search through the soil to absorb nutrients. Hydroponics plants also have fewer problems with bug infestations, fungi, and disease. In general hydroponically grown plants are happier and healthier.

Trichoderma :

Trichoderma  species are strongly antagonistic to other fungi. The exact nature of this relationship is still not clear, but it appears they kill other fungi with a toxin and then consume them using a combination of lytic enzymes. This suggests they are actually microbial predators. This antagonistic behavior has led to their use as agents of biological control of some fungi causing plant disease.

Trichoderma favors high levels of plant roots, which they colonize readily.  In addition to the colonizing roots, Trichoderma attack, parasitize and otherwise gain nutrition from other fungi. Since Trichoderma grow and proliferate best when there are abundant healthy roots, they have evolved numerous mechanisms for both attack of other fungi and for enhancing plant and root growth.

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