Question: I've heard that salt can be a problem with some coir products,where do
these salts come from and should I be concerned?
Answer: A coconut husk from which coir dust "Cocopeat" is made contains naturally
high levels of Potassium Chloride. These nutrients are reduced to a
beneficial level by ageing and leaching of Cocopeat prior to it's processing
for use as a growing medium. In some coastal coconut growing regions, husks
are soaked in brackish or salt water lagoons to soften them for use in the
fibre industry. This material has high sodium levels and is of no use to
GALUKU'S commercial operation is in the mountain region of Sri
Lanka where we have a rigorous quality assurance program to produce Cocopeat
to the highest quality standards for use as a growing medium.
Question: I'm a lettuce grower currently using Canadian Peat Moss for my seedling
mix. Will GALUKU'S 25kg bale break up in my paddle mixer?
Answer: Yes, just as easily as the peat, but add at least 50 litres of water to
get full expansion.
Question: Should I add lime to the Cocopeat to correct the PH?
Answer: Cocopeat's PH is slightly acid 5.8-6.4, which is the ideal level for most
plant production. Cocopeat does require calcium and magnesium, so it is best
to add Gypsum or Dolomite which won't raise the Ph as much as lime.
Question: I'm planning to grow cut-flower roses in a run to waste hydroponic system.
Would cocopeat be a suitable growing media?
Answer: Cocopeat is ideal substrate for rose production ,it combines high water
holding capacity with good AFP and an ideal ph. Our experience
With rose production over the past twelve years has shown that roses root
faster and with better fine root hair development in cocopeat.Cut flower
production can be 12 to 15% higher in the first year when grown in cocopeat.
Question: Can you grow gerbera's in cocopeat with out mixing it with perlite?
Answer: A quality Management of gerbera production is much easier in growing media
with a very high air filled porosity .This is why growers have traditionally
blended cocopeat with 20 to 40% coarse perlite aiming for an AFP of 25 to
35% .Galuku Pty ltd has spent many years working with the flower growers and
our engineers to develop a grade of cocopeat that's AFP and WHC is ideal
for cut flower production.Trial results have been very good.