Fields of application

 

In the past few years the use of cocopeat as a substrate for vegetable and cutflower growers grew significantly.

It is used mainly in the following crops:

  • tomato
  • pepper
  • cucumber
  • melon youngplant production
  • and in basicly any other vegetable soilless cultivation

cutflower production

  • gerbera
  • rose
  • carnation
  • lily

fruit production:

  • strawberry
  • raspberry
  • blueberry

 

More and more grower use the same cocopeat to produce the youngplants or order them this way from the nursery. During the winter youngplant production the difference was already visible - there were no need to irrigate frequently, since the substrate holds the moisture very well, so the plants were not cooled down very often with the irrigation. The faster root development is remarkable and it was possible to maintain a higher substrate temperature, which resulted a dynamic growth. The use of the cocopeat allowed us to grow a much more robust youngplants even in the darker periods.

When the youngplants are ready, they were placed in the cocopeat substrate of planted into it. It is important to notice that there is no use of drying the substrate before the transplanting - it is better to keep wet, so it slips out much easier. The use of the same substrate for youngplant and for actual production makes a more dynamic growth.

By an earlier transplantation it is important that the sbustrate can be easily rewet, due to the very good capilarity of the cocopeat. Due to these features the youngplants did not elongate. Maintaining a higher EC is always primary during the winter and by the start of the feeding. In the darker periods a less frequent irrigation with bigger volumes is recommended. The dripped volume may vary by the plant and the size of the container. Beside a faster growth the more branching root system provides a great buffer for the plants. The cocopeat never remains too wet, due to its favorable drainage capacity, so it is possible to maintain a good growth during winter as well. The Cation Exchange Complex (CEC) bounds nutrients better, so they would not washed out easily, which results a 20-30% saveings in the fertilizer costs. This savings usually visible during the summer period, when the plants grow very strong by a lower EC.

It is important to notice that the importance of a safer and more environment friendly production is higher and higher. As the use of the cocopeat grows steadily all over the world it is getting more and more used in Middle-Europe as well.