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Coconut Coir

This is a discussion on Coconut Coir within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It is sold as an alternative to peat moss. It is also an ingredient in ...

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    It is sold as an alternative to peat moss. It is also an ingredient in Aussie Gold orchid mixes. It comes in a very tightly compressed block that they recommend expanding with 10 GALLONS OF WATER!!!!

    Is there anything I should do with it before using it other than just rinsing it out?

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    Wash it in water. Than soak with water and epsom salts. The epsom salts are beneficial for the plants and will replace the sodium in the husks.

    I didn't wash mine and my plants were fine. It depends on where they came from. Mine came from a vendor, I don't know where they came from or if he washed them

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    oops nevermind all that that is for coconut husks and chunks...

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    I've received a couple plants in it - could not figure out how to grow in it within my environment. Repotted using more traditional media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartie2000 View Post
    oops nevermind all that that is for coconut husks and chunks...
    I still think I may do something like that anyway, just to be sure. It has to soak to expand anyway. Also, I did not know that mag. sulfate would do that with sodium!!!

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    Thanks, Murray, but I got a blank doc when opened in Appleworks. Any chance you could send it to me as a text doc via email?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    Thanks, Murray, but I got a blank doc when opened in Appleworks. Any chance you could send it to me as a text doc via email?
    PM me with the address and I will send it as a PDF

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