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coconut husks

This is a discussion on coconut husks within the General Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Has anyone tried to take the many many coconuts that fall off of a palm ...

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    Has anyone tried to take the many many coconuts that fall off of a palm and use them... I seem to have an endless supply of them and would love to find a use for them other than weight for the trash guys.

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    Go ahead and use them Wolf. Just don't forget to soak and rinse them first before using. They may not contain salt as the commercially available have, but they contain tannin. I am not sure if tannin is harmful to the plants but its better to play safe. I'm also using coconut husks and shell chips collected from the coconut vendor at the market and I always soak and rinse them first. So far I don't have any problem yet.

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    Thanks for the reply Tanya. I was wondering since there are about a hundred laying around and I can only put 5 in the trash at a time and there are about 40 on the tree now.

    BTW how long do you soak them?

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    Soak and rinse for few days, changing the water everytime until the water is clear. But I'm lazy so I only do it for 3 days .

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    cool will try it. There should be some that I shouldn't really have to soak as they've been there for a while. Then there are the green ones that hit and scare the dogs. LOL

    Anyway will give it a try.

    Who knows soon you may see bags of
    Wolf Coconut Orchid mix on your plant store shelves LOL

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    i am just a newbie when it comes to orchids. but here in the philippines coconut husk is normally used for medium. is that right, medium? its what they put as filling in the pot? well, that's the only filling in my pot when i bought my dendros.
    i hope my info helped.

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    ewbie - I use coconut husks on some of my plants, and mix it with other items to create a home recipe 'medium' for other plants. It works great!

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    hi diane and to everyone!
    i am attaching a pic of my dendrob with coconut husk potting. i find it kind of dirty but am afraid to repot it since am still new with gardening and also am still waiting to rebloom under my care i see this is the normal potting with dendrob and phal in nurseries here. but i envy when i see the pic attachment in this forum with so neat container and no roots coming out from it or no algae
    well, just got these plants last june or july so am not sure if i have the green thumb. any advise?
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    Some plants are happier with their roots running free. I don't grow dends because I kill them, I just don't have the right conditions for them. But yours certainly look happy to me.

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    Ewbie, your Dend's seems happy! I wouldn't worry too much about the roots being all over the place... after all, these plants are epiphytic in nature, ie they grow on trees so it is natural for the roots to go everywhere... and we only put them in pots so it is easier for us.

    My plants do the same.... roots everywhere, in a way I like it because i can see that they are healthy

    cheers
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