A Quick Comparison of Coco with Other Products

Growing Media Pros Cons Water Holding (%) Air Porosity (%) Lbs / Plant Grams / fruit
Peat Moss
  • Readily available
  • Supports beneficials
  • Excellent nutrients holding
  • Good Air-to-Water ratio
  • Does not re-wet well after dying out
  • Very low in pH, requiring the addition of agricultural lime to raise pH approx. 5.5 - 6
84.88 20
Coco Coir / Coco Peat / Coir Fiber
  • Good water retention
  • Easy to handle / recycle
  • Economical
  • Bio-degradable
  • Available in abundance
  • Must be checked & treated with water if high in salt content
88.35 23.5 23.4 196
Rockwool
  • Lightweight
  • Sterile
  • Skin irritant
  • Expensive
  • Disposal may be costly in public landfills
86.85 10.3 21.1 185
Perlite
  • Lightweight
  • Readily available
  • Inert
  • Chemically stable
  • Expensive
  • Holds little water
  • Con is the dust when bagging
  • Full respirator must be worn by workers, as dust is hazardous to lungs and eyes
19.63 41.41 22.6 195
Vermiculture
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent buffering qualities
  • Easily over-watered
  • Expensive
88.8 20 21.8 193
Coir & Vermiculture:
50% each
Foam
  • Lightweight
  • Holds water well
  • Disposal may be costly in public landfills
  • Not recyclable
Coco Peat is one of the best soil-less medium for all your Indoor & Outdoor growing needs ...
Sand
  • Cheap
  • Excellent drainage
  • Heavy
  • Holds little water