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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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. The process of turning coconut husks into coir is long and involves soaking the material in either fresh or saltwater for months to loosen it from the coconut shell. 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.
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 CoirWe’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).
Overall, I’ve had a positive experience with coco coir but I did have to pay more attention to the nutrients I fed the plants as coir is essentially inert. Coco coir is a by-product of the coconut industry and is made from the husk, which traditionally was discarded as a waste product of little value.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 Coir is well known for its water-retaining properties; it can hold moisture well without the material becoming clogged, it also remains very well aerated, even after heavy watering. That means the roots of your plants have access to moisture but are unlikely to rot due to overwatering.
If that sounds like a lot to look out for…IT IS! Fortunately, you don’t have to do any of that. All you have to do is make sure that it was done, either by asking your local garden shop about the supplier’s practices or by reading below, where I’ve answered most of these questions for each type of coconut coir product I review. TheBest Coco Coir For Your GardenIn 2020 I experimented by using coco coir in all my potting mixes and by adding it to troughs, hanging baskets and containers. Many gardeners that I’ve spoken to seem surprised when they first realise that coco coir has no nutritional value whatsoever and that it won’t feed their plants. I feel the following mix would be perfect for hanging baskets or window boxes and is a good starting point for anyone looking to use coco coir for the first time: