Frequently Asked Questions

What is the quantity of Coco substrate that I need for each plant?

Obviously the answer deviates from crop to crop. For example the volume of Coco coir needed for a tomato plant is about 5-6 liters. The volume of Coco coir needed for a strawberry plant is about 0.7-1 liter. There are also some other parameters to consider, like  irrigation system, climate and length of growing period. It is highly recommended to consult with our agronomic staff before making a decision.

How many irrigating cycle are needed in one day?

Unlike other Hydroponic systems the answer is more flexible. There are few variables that determine the answer.

  1. Type of Coco coir. For example in a given green House the 16 mm material will need less cycles than Crush.
  2.  Climate.  Hot climate will dedicate more frequent irrigating cycles.
  3. Stage of growth. As the plant grow its need for water supply increase. In order to answer, growing  demand  for water, more water should be applied (In some cases this growing demand can be answered by increasing  time length of each cycle without increasing the number of cycles per day).
  4. System limitations. In some big farms there are a lot of irrigating valves. Sometimes increasing the number of cycles in one valve will restrict the ability to irrigate with another valve.

The decision about the number of cycles per one day should include all  parameters, mentioned above.

Why should I buy Pelemix’s Coir-Cocopeat and not others?

  1. Pelemix will not use pre mature raw material.
  2. Pelemix has double sieving facilities which enable the company to remove  fine dust and guarantee that air content will be around 20%. Most Coir-Coco-peat producers are not aware of the importance of double sieving.
  3. Pelemix’s growbags weight more than it’s competitors and therefore the volume of the growbags is not reduced dramatically during crop period.
  4. Pelemix is using thicker plastic for its products and guarantees a longer term of use.
  5. In order to help its customers, Pelemix gives periodical agronomy visits to give growers professional advice.

For how many years can I use the Coco?

Pelemix does not use premature raw materials (not counting  crush material). Therefore Pelemix Coir products will last much longer than products of other companies. While using growbags the limitation of use is determined by the plastic quality. Even when using growbags with plastic for 3 years the plastic will start to disintegrate long before the Coir is unusable.

As for the Coco coir itself,  material will start loosing its characteristics after about 3 years (not counting crush material). The best way to determine if the Coco coir should be replaced is by testing its physical characteristics in a trustworthy laboratory.

What fertilizers should be applied with irrigation?

Unlike the soil a soil-less substrate doesn’t contain the nutrients that are essential for plant growth. Therefore, all nutrients should be supplied through irrigation. It is normally recommended to use at least two tanks for different fertilizers and another one for acid. Keep in mind the Urea is very likely to wash out of a soil-less substrate before becoming available for the plant.