Coco Bliss - Premium Coconut Coir Pith with Low EC and pH - 100% Organic and OMRI Listed Potting Soil Substrate for Plants, Seeds, and Gardens (650 Grams, 5 Blocks)

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Coco Bliss - Premium Coconut Coir Pith with Low EC and pH - 100% Organic and OMRI Listed Potting Soil Substrate for Plants, Seeds, and Gardens (650 Grams, 5 Blocks)

Coco Bliss - Premium Coconut Coir Pith with Low EC and pH - 100% Organic and OMRI Listed Potting Soil Substrate for Plants, Seeds, and Gardens (650 Grams, 5 Blocks)

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For plants sensitive to iron, magnesium and calcium deficiencies, I recommend Canna Coir, it’s more expensive than some other brands but is a professional grade product that’s also popular with commercial cannabis growers. Can be less complex than “traditional hydroponics”: If growing hydroponically is new, coconut coir is a good first step. You can practice the basics of hydroponic gardening without having to buy or build a hydroponic system and perform all of its required maintenance. Downsides to Coco Coir Now that you understand what coco coir is, how it’s processed and made, and what to look for when buying it, you’re armed with the info you need to make a good buying decision.

There are amazing benefits to using coconut coir in your garden. But just like any other kind of growing media, there are also some downsides to consider before you buy Benefits of Coco Coir After correcting the coir with some additives, the plants went from strength to strength and have significantly outgrown the petunias I grew in regular compost.After the coir is separated from the coconuts, it’s stored in piles for a few years. This puts it at risk for pathogens due to the natural pH of coco coir. Most producers that experience this will chemically sterilize the coir so it’s ready for use in your garden. This also has its risks — it can prematurely break down the fibers and peat. Because coconut coir is an inert growing media, you will need to supplement your plants with additional nutrition. Remember — this is still hydroponic growing if you are only using coconut coir. When using coconut coir in the garden, you must use the right mixture of these three types for the best results. How to Choose High-Quality Coco Coir Inert: Coconut coir is inert, meaning it has no nutrients. It may look like soil, but it is not soil. This means you must add hydroponic nutrients and control the pH when using coco coir. Growing in soil isn’t too different, though, as many gardeners amend their soil constantly throughout the growing season anyways. My first experience of using coco coir was with a cheap brand and led to iron and calcium deficiencies in our long trailing petunia plants and also a high pH number which I discovered after testing the soil.

Coir is ideal for seeds and cuttings. It can be used as a base for homemade compost or added to garden waste compost for aeration. Coir is known by many different names, including coco, coco coir, cocopeat, coco peat, coir fibre, coconut husks and coconut fibre. Made from the waste by product of the coconut industry coco coir pith - or coco peat as it's sometimes misleadingly known - is a fantastic multipurpose growing media made from coconut husks. Mixes can be expensive: Garden suppliers know that coco coir can be annoying to work with sometimes, so they’ve started to offer coconut coir mixes. This saves a lot of time but is pretty expensive — and making your own mix isn’t too difficult. Types of Coco Coir We’ve tested a lot of different brands and learned a lot simply through trial and error. Here are our findings, which you can take with a grain of salt (pun intended).

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Everything in between the shell and the outer coating of the coconut seed is considered coco coir. There are two types of fibers that make up coir — brown and white. Brown coir comes from mature, ripe coconuts and is a lot stronger but less flexible. White fibers come from pre-ripe coconuts and are far more flexible but much less strong. May need additional supplementation: You may find your plants short on calcium and magnesium when using coconut coir, so supplementing with “Cal-Mag” may be necessary. Other fertilizers will be necessary as well since coir has low NPK levels. Much more goes into the process of making coco coir safe and optimal for horticultural use, but we’ll get into that a bit lower in the article.​

First, they need to remove the coir from the coconuts. This is done by soaking the husks in water to loosen and soften them. This is either done in tidal waters or freshwater. If done in tidal waters, the coconut coir will take up a large amount of salt, which will need to be flushed out by the manufacturer at a later stage. Good transition from soil gardening: Growing in coco coir feels like growing in soil because the two media look so similar. You can have a completely hydroponic garden that looks almost the same as a soil garden. The only difference is instead of watering with only water, you would water your coconut coir garden with nutrient-enriched water. While many people say you need coco coir-specific nutrients, this isn’t absolutely necessary. You can get away with the standard General Hydroponics Flora series, a pH testing kit, and some Calimagic calcium + magnesium supplement.

Leave to stand for 24 hours. This will even out the water content of your finished coconut coir material Almost all of the coconut coir used for hydroponics is brown coir, as it’s processed even more after initial harvesting. How is Coco Coir Made? Environmentally safe: Although I am a fan of using sphagnum peat moss in the garden, there’s no denying the environmental concerns that peat moss poses. Coconut coir doesn’t have the same problems. Unlike peat moss, which breaks down more rapidly, it can be used more than once. It’s also a repurposed waste product from a renewable resource, unlike the peat bogs where we get our peat moss.

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