Coir Pith, also known as Agro Pith, Koko Peat, and Coco Substrate, is a byproduct of coconut fiber and is in high demand among Garden Centers and Horticulture Nurseries. This is used as a growing medium which provides faster germination and quicker seeding rotations, increases air porosity, retains water, and helps with irrigation.

Types of Cocopeat for Plants

You can use Coir Pith just like peat moss. It often comes pressed into bricks, which have to be soaked to break them apart. The product is also found ground into dust, known as Coir Dust, and is used to grow many exotic plants such as ferns, bromeliads, anthurium, and orchids.

Tips on Cocopeat Gardening

If you buy the type in a brick, put a couple in a 5-gallon bucket and add warm water. Break the bricks up by hand, or you can let the Coir Pith soak for two hours. If you are planting in Agro Pith alone, you will probably want to mix in a time-release fertilizer since the Coir Pith has few nutrients to disperse.

Type Coco Peat-Blocks Coco Peat-Briquettes
Size  30x30x12cm ± 2mm< 0.5 mS/Cm 20x10x5cm ± 2mm
Weight  5kg ± 200g 650g ± 50g
Compression ratio 5 : 1 5 : 1 
 Electrical Conductivity Low EC / EC < 0.5 mS/Cm
High EC / EC > 0.8 mS/Cm
Low EC / EC < 0.5 mS/Cm
High EC / EC > 0.8 mS/Cm 
pH < 5.2 to 6.8 5.2 to 6.8 
Expansion 70 to 80 liters 8 to 9 liters
 Moisture 10 to 15% 10 to 15%