Coconut coir, or cocopeat, is one of the mostly commonly used organic substrates in gerbera cultivation. This article looks at some of the factors to consider when using coconut substrate for the cultivation of container gerbera crops.
Preparing the substrate
Cocopeat is commercially available in differently sized dry pieces, either loose or wrapped in plastic film. The substrate can vary in characteristics such as fibrousness, porosity and water retention capacity, and it is advisable that it be analysed for its physical and chemical properties before it is used in crop production. The grower should also obtain any relevant technical information for the product that has been purchased.

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