UGro is a high quality Coconut substrate that is peat free, sustainable and ecofriendly. UGro has the consistency of traditional moss peat once it has been rehydrated. In bonsai we recommend adding a percentage to inorganic materials such as Moler or Akadama in order to aid water retention and to promote microbial activity within the root zone. UGro is naturally rich in Trichoderma Harizanum, a micro-organism that fights root rot and stimulates the growth of plants.
This UGro Small brick will make up to 11 litres of product. Place the brick in a bucket with about three litres of water, once it starts to break open pull it appart amd mix roughly. Leave over night and by the morning you will have a fully hydrated clean product ready to use. A superbly clean high quality well graded product without any mess or fuss.
Why use Coir?
EXCELLENT AIR POROSITY
Coir maintains excellent air porosity even when saturated and gives better crops with faster developing roots and more flowers and fruit per plant when used correctly.
EXCELLENT WATER RETENTION
Coir has better water retention qualities than peat and other growing media. This has obvious advantages in dry climates or at times when plants cannot be watered frequently.
QUICKLY REABSORBS WATER FROM DRY STATE
Coir peat absorbs moisture immediately, even from a dry state, (unlike sphagnum peat which tends to shrink when dry and form a water- repellent crust which causes water run-off from the top surface and water loss between the peat and the inside edge of the flower pot). Thus plants growing in coir tend to recover better and more quickly from dry conditions.
The ease of re-wetting and the quick drainage characteristics of coir mean that coir needs to be irrigated less frequently and for shorter periods. This leads to reduced leaching losses of nutrients and lower water use.
FASTER GERMINATION TIMES AND QUICKER SEEDLING ROTATIONS
The inherent qualities of coir and the optimum water/air availability are ideal for quick rooting and propagation.
In its unprocessed state, coir is a waste product in its country of origin. Its use therefore does not involve the destruction of peat bogs and natural wetland wildlife habitat. It is a renewable resource with no hazardous disposal problems (unlike some alternatives such as rock wool). Having carefully researched the question, we are quite satisfied that the environmental input including the fossil fuel consumption associated with the transport of coir from Asia is significantly less than the environmental cost involved in the production and transport of peat moss and rock-wool. Coir is transported in a compressed compact state on scheduled vessels.
The lignin content of around 45% ensures that the excellent water/air ratio is maintained over a longer period of time than is the case with many other substrates. Thus, for example, good performance is maintained over the commercial life of a plant which may be more than 5 years.
FREE FROM SOIL DISEASES
Because Coir originates above ground it does not contain any soil diseases. In fact several studies have indicated that coir substrate brings increased resistance to pythium and other root diseases.
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