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Coconut husks

This is a discussion on Coconut husks within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I live in the Florida Keys as well where coconuts are plentiful . I have ...

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    I live in the Florida Keys as well where coconuts are plentiful

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    I have been growing these orchids successfully for 2 years.

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    I love the coconut look. Do you need to prepare the coconut husk in any way? Like soak? how long?? etc.
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    Wishing I lived in the Keys! I am a native Floridian though. I bet you have guavas too!!

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    The biggest concern is salts in the coconut husk. There is a process to ensure it is removed. You may want to google for it.

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    Thank you Harvey. I will certainly try.
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    It's common knowledge among local enthusiasts here that coconut husks are 'steroids' for orchids. They grow fast, and bloom fast on husks, but they also die out fast. In short, they have shorter lifespan than normal plants on conventional mediums. I'm not sure if you have heard this before.

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    I have not! Thanks. I use chipped form in my bark mixture to help retain some moisture here in the semi-arid climate of Colorado!.

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    I also never heard that. Hmmmm, I may have to rethink this a little.

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