How to prepare coco liners

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How to prepare coco liners
Coco liners are made of coconut fibre. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Coco liners are made of coconut fibre and provide gardening substrate without needing mulch. Ideal for flower beds and container gardens, coco liners are easy to use and prepare. Knowing how to prepare a coco liner doesn't vary much in technique, depending on how it is used, and allows you the opportunity to grow a wide range of moisture-loving plants. This is thanks to the water-retaining abilities of coconut fibre. Knowing how to prepare and use coconut fibre liner gives you ease and convenience while growing flora and foliage.

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  • Container
  • Soil
  • Garden plastic

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    Tear off a chunk from your coco liner that is large enough to fit in the container you want to use. For example a large handful-sized chunk is adequate for a standard flowerpot.

  2. 2

    Place the chunk of coco liner in a dish of warm tap water. Leave it there for up to four hours. During this time it will absorb the moisture and swell up to four times its original size.

  3. 3

    Hand squeeze the swollen wet coco liner and then stuff it into the flower pot. Form the coco liner material around the bottom and edges of the flower pot to help it retain the shape.

  4. 4

    Cover the coco liner with 1 inch of potting soil.

  5. 5

    Plant your choice of plant or flower seed according to the seed's needs.


  1. 1

    Clear out a space in your yard that accommodates the size of the coco mat you have purchased. For a standard flowerbed, the area and mat can be about 4-by-4 feet. Use standard gardening equipment such as shovels, hoes and rakes to clear out the area.

  2. 2

    Spread out a sheet of heavy-duty garden plastic over the prepared ground area. It should measure about the same size as the area.

  3. 3

    Layer the mat of coco liner over the top of the layer of plastic. The plastic beneath the mat liner will keep weeds from growing up through your plants.

  4. 4

    Spray the coco liner with a garden hose for approximately 5 minutes, or until it is completely soaked.

  5. 5

    Cover the area with a 1-inch layer of potting or garden soil. Directly administer seeds to the area to grow flowers.

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