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June 18, 2012
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Hi Srikanth, 

You mentioned washing coco peat 4-5 times to reduce the EC? Could you please explain more on that? I recently got 3 blocks of Coco-peat in gurgaon (for 90/- per block), after soaking them in water (not draining), I could smell a lot of chemical/ fertilizer smell in them. 

 

I had purchased a Japanese maple plant from the same nursery and as soon as I transplanted it to a pot, it wilted and all the leaves are dying by the day. I was wondering what went wrong. Some say its transplant shock/ stress. Others say the coco-peat mix around the sail based medium of the grow back wouldn't blend in.

 

Not sure what's quite the reason, but I could smell the chemicals very strong in the coco-peat. All the next lots I have been washing thoroughly and the smell reduces significantly. 

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June 18, 2012
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Coconut trees that are grown in the coastal belt tend to have high levels of salt in them. As a result the sodium content and Electrical Conductivity (EC) tends to be high. Most suppliers of cocopeat blocks for export label the EC levels but I really doubt the veracity of those claims. Anyway, the excess Sodium hiders absorption of Calcium which in turn will hinder the absorption of Boron. I have had this problem of Boron deficiency (Blossom End Rot - BER) in tomatoes a few years ago when I was starting of with Hydroponics. I initially thought it was Boron/Calcium deficiency but no amount of calcium addition did the trick until I realized that I was using Softened Bore water (The bore water is softened by ion exchange of Na for Ca & Mg). Since then I have started using raw bore water.

Coming to your question: Plants can tolerate only certain amount of EC beyond which they will tend to die. See - http://www.smart-fertilizer.co.....nductivity

I would suggest that you wash the cocopeat 4 to 5 times such that when you squeeze the cocopeat all you get is plain water or near to it. As for your Japanese Maple Plant, you can try flushing the media with lots of water until the runoff is clear water. You can then try adding light fertilizers such as vermicompost.

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June 18, 2012
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Thanks for the quick Reply Srikanth. Yes, the first time I drained the water it was all yellowish/brown. After a few rinses the water becomes transparent and also the smells wades away. 

 

Quick question here. The JM plant that I bought was in a black grow bag, like you get when you get plants from a nursery. I cut the grow bag and arranged a bed of coco peat in the pot, kept the plant on top of it in a way that the base of the plant stem is 1-2 inches from the top rim of the container. And then I filled the area around the plant with Coco peat + regular soil. Is this ok? 

Can you help me explain if there will be any issue for the plant which has been growing in regular soil so far, now finds cocopeat around it? It should be a good thing for the roots as they will have more space to grow and would be aerated too, but what would be an ideal mix while transplanting, to be used for plants which are grown in grow bags in soil?

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June 18, 2012
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I think what you have done is good enough. I would not suggest removing the soil and replanting in cocopeat. There should be no issue with using cocopeat with soil grown saplings. I generally suggest 1:1:1 or cocopeat:vermicompost:soil. The most important thing is to ensure that the root ball is not disturbed.

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June 30, 2012
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Srikanth said:

Hello Mamatha garu,

 

The following are the google map links.

Mallikarjuna Fertilizers: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....38;iwloc=A

Safi Nursery: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=.....38;iwloc=A

Mayuri Nursery: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....38;iwloc=A

Janata Seeds Store: http://maps.google.com/maps/pl.....eDqUCry1vw

 

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Srikanth

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I am rajasekhar and this is my first day /first post on this forum. I am trying to start green roof garden on my rooftop. I am very happy to go through the discussions in this forum. Very helpful for any beginner like me. Thank you all forum members especially in Hyderabad.

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Hi to all members from hyderabad,

I am rajasekhar and this is my first day /first post on this forum. I am trying to start green roof garden on my rooftop. I am very happy to go through the discussions in this forum. Very helpful for any beginner like me. Thank you all forum members especially in Hyderabad.

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Welcome to this site Rajasekhar. Good to see your passion. Good luck on your gardening ventures and feel free to post any questions you might have. and please post your results and pictures also.

happy gardening
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pjoshi said:

As you rightly said, none of them is mixing cocopeat. Safi nursery did say that he would mix it though.

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