Coconut is slowly becoming more popular as a medium in which to grow plants, due to how easy it is to manage. Growing in coco is somewhere between growing in soil and in hydroponics, so you get the best out of both growing methods. Every day more people want to grow in coco fiber products, so that we’re going to talk about some of them so you can decide for yourself.

List of the best coco coir products:

The Best Coco Coir ProductsCoco substrates are a type of substrate that are generally inert, meaning that they don’t include any kind of fertilizers so you know exactly what you’re getting and what your plants are feeding on. It has a higher capacity for absorbing water, meaning that you can water your plants more often than with soil, which in turn means that you can add more nutrients. No need to worry too much if you use too many nutrients because due to how much water this medium can absorb, it will soon correct itself. It also doesn’t become too compact when it gets wet, unlike soil, so the roots have more space to grow freely and give your plants a larger structure.The Best Coco Coir Products

Coco bricks work in a similar way to substrate, but they come in 10L packs, completely pressed and dehydrated, and when you mix one with water it will grow to 5 times the size. You’ll need to mix it with 2 or 3 liters of distilled water and wait for about thirty minutes. These bricks are perfect if your neighbors like to be nosy, because you can just bring it inside without calling any attention to yourself and prepare the bricks for your plants out of the way of prying eyes.

The Best Coco Coir ProductsCoco slabs are a revolutionary way to grow that gives amazing results, especially for plant cuttings. They have their own special flowerpots, and all you have to do is put the sack on the pot and make the 4 holes marked on the bag. This is an amazing advantage, because if you don’t take the substrate out of the bag, it will be much cleaner and tidier. You’ll need to use the drip water method due to the fact that it hardly retains any water, and you’d have to water two or three times a day. The flow of the water needs to be smooth so that it doesn’t obstruct anything, due to the fact that it will accumulate in the bag and you might lose the plants.The Best Coco Coir Products

Growing with coco jiffy pellets got popular about 10 years ago, with more and more people trying them out thanks to the amazing results that they give. When you wet a jiffy, it swells up to triple its original size, so you’ll need to squeeze all of the excess water out of it so that it’s nicely humid. They’re capable of retaining a lot of water, but we want it to be humid, not wet because it might end up rotting your seed. They also work well with plant cuttings, helping them root properly.

Coco substrates are compatible with most fertilizers, and there also exists a specific range of coco fertilizers that more and more brands are adding to every day.

The A + B compounds are available in almost every brand, and they work perfectly for both the growth and flowering periods, giving your plants all the essential nutrients that the substrate doesn’t have. You’ll need to adjust the dosage each week to make sure that your plants are getting what they need in each period.The Best Coco Coir Products

The Best Coco Coir ProductsHesi Coco complex is an extremely potent fertilizer for coco substrates that can be used for all periods in your plants life. It’s totally compatible with any other fertilizer, but you’ll get better results if you use the same brand of fertilizer. The Radicular compound and the TNT compound work extremely well with Hesi Coco; if you use all three, you’ll get amazing results that you never even dreamt of.

The Best Coco Coir ProductsThe Best Coco Coir ProductsAtami has two strong flowering stimulants called Coco Bloom Stimulator and Coco Booster Universal, which if combined with A+B will give amazing results. You’ll need to start with A + B compounds during the second week of the growth period and continue using it until your last watering. Start with Coco Booster Universal two weeks before flowering and switch to Bloom Stimulator once it begins to flower.

The Best Coco Coir Products

Advanced Nutrients has its own fertilizer called Bug Bud for coco. It has a high level of important nutrients and irons that its Big Bud soil version doesn’t have. This flowering stimulant is well-known and used by many growers, so this brand decided to release a version specifically designed for coco mediums. To get the best results out of Big Bud you’ll need to begin by using the A+B compound by Advanced Nutrients which you can begin using right from the beginning of the growth period and two weeks before beginning the flowering period you’ll need to start using this stimulant, which will be the prelude to using Overdrive, another product by this brand. You’ll get the absolute best results this way, due to the fact that these compounds are some of the most complete and potent compounds on the market right now.

As you can see there are many different brands and ranges of fertilizers that are totally different but specifically designed to grow in coco, giving amazing results if they are used correctly.

Translation: Ciara Murphy

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2 replies on “The Best Coco Coir Products”

I need some help. We’ve started using coco coir, but it is not working the way we thought. After the first week of use 2/3 of the plants started showing extreme signs of over watering (leaves drooping and turning deep, dark purple — oxygen starved at the roots). I had to completely stop hydrating/feeding. Within 5 days some had dried down and are starting to catch up to the other 1/3 that were okay. Most are fine now, but half the size of the unaffected plants. I still have 5 plants that have not been watered in 19 days and they are still quite heavy.

Now the healthy plants are a different story. They generally want feeding everday; however, if I give them 2/3 L more one day, they are not happy and will not dry down again for a day or 2. So,most mornings they are super light when fed.

All this has thrown our feed schedule off. All of this is very unlike all we were told about using coco coir. Can you explain why this is and what is going on. Our local expert has told me that you need to be very careful with coco coir as it is very, very easy to over water with it, which is different from what I read in the blogs.

Also, is it best to use nutrients made for coco, or will standard nutrients be okay?

Thank you.

Hi Perry,
It seems to me that you may have been watering with too much water at once. It’s true that coco coir absorbs water faster than soil, but what this means is that you need to water coco more frequently, with less quantity, rather than watering them with lots at once. Also, keep in mind that when you grow in soil, the soil itself already has a certain amount of nutrients in it, whereas coco coir is completely void of nutrients.
What seems to have happened is that you watered the coco too much at once, and when this happens it’s harder for the coco to continuously absorb the water, which is why it caused a severe oxygen deficiency in your plants’ roots. The ideal way to water in coco is to do it little by little. Either way I think you handled it quite well, and although the growth of your plants was stunted due to overwatering, you managed to correct it; we would have advised doing the exact same thing.
Regarding the nutrients, you’ll always get much better results if you use substrate-specific nutrients, but standard nutrients should work fine with coco too.
Sorry for the delayed response, we’re still working out some kinks while setting up our blog and website in English, so I deeply apologize if my answer is too late to help. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

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