Where to buy coco peat in Kenya is at Grekkon Limited. Our product is in 5kg compressed blocks or 5kg and 18kg bags in loose form. As coco peat suppliers in Kenya, we provide untreated material for use as a multipurpose medium. Our coco peat in Mombasa is processed from coconut husks to create a good alternative for propagating seedlings and flower production. It is also for hydroponic farming and for soil amendments.
For it to work effectively, wash it, and treat it. This because it has soluble salts mainly sodium which causes root hair scorching, and hence poor germination.
Our product specs are
- pH 6.3 – 6.7
- Electrical conductivity (EC) 1.6 – 2.0
- Expasion ratio 2.5 – 3
- Compression volume 28L
- Moisture content <5%
- Fibre content <3%
- Sand content <1%
Coco peat preparation for seedling propagation
Place the material in a container. Add 150L of water over the 5kg block. The block will hydrate in 5 minutes. Turn the block over halfway through the process. Pull the block apart and make sure any dry areas are fully hydrated. Drain the extra water into plants or nursery beds. The material is ready for use. One 5kg block expands to 2 cubic feet
2. Steps on how to treat coco peat with Calcium Nitrate
- Add water in a trough
- Add calcium nitrate to water at a ratio of 10grams or 1 spoonful per 5kg block.
- Leave for about 30minutes for the calcium nitrate to hydrate and loosen.
- Mix or stir the calcium nitrate solution and leave for 24hours. This is to allow for calcium nitrate to replace the sodium salt. This is a double displacement reaction. Two salts are formed: Calcium carbonate which forms a precipitate and Sodium nitrate.
Ca(NO3)2+Na2CO3= CaCO3 ↓ + NaNO3
- After 24hours, drain the water then wash or rinse, at least 7 times to remove all the soluble salts traces.
- The pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of the media measured. The ideal pH should be 5.6-6.5 while the EC should be 1.6-2.0.
- Finally, the media is potted in seedling trays then seeds sowed.
- After germination, the nutrition program begins after two weeks since the media does not have nutrients.
Place the tiny seeds individually in each cell, then cover with the coco peat planting media.
i. How much does coco peat cost?
-5kg block and 5kg bag is Kes 350
-18kg bag Kes 1,260
These are retail prices. Bulk consumers and resellers receive a discount
ii. What is the rate of coco peat use?
5 kgs of coco peat will be used on 12 to 15 seedling trays
Benefits of using coco peat as a growing medium
i. It is highly porous. This is for easy air and water movement to the plant roots.
ii. Has good water holding capacity. It ensures there is no over watering or under watering of your seedlings.
iii. High cation exchange capacity. This allows easy and large movement of nutrients to plant root hairs
iv. Compressed coco peat blocks. They are easy to transport and handle
v. None acidic media. It provides a great environment for root beneficial fungi and bacteria to grow and multiply
vi. Zero nutrients. The fact that it has zero nutrients means you can easily formulate various quantities required for your seedlings
vii. Sanitised growing media. It is disease and pest-free because we sanitise it during production. This destroys all fungus, bacterial or insect pests
How do you manufacture coco peat?
It is made from coconut husks
Buy Coco Peat; summary
As the leading coco peat supplier in Kenya, Grekkon Limited’s agronomy team advises nurseries and other users. This advice is on the product’s best practices to make great use out of it. Treat first by soaking in a solution of calcium nitrate. It is to reduce sodium levels which causes root scorching.
Our sanitised media is a natural substitute for the soil because it is free of any infection or pest attack on the crop.