How much coco coir?? How much water?? Questions!!

perennialfan273(zone 5)March 22, 2012

Also posted this in container gardening forum.

I went out and bought a block of coir (didn't want to deal with gritty mix) today. I plan on repotting my eranthemum nigrum from a 4" pot to a 6" pot (Could I pot it into something larger, like an 8"??). My question is how much of the brick do I need to break off and how much water do I add to it?? My other question is, if I have extra leftover after I finish potting, can I let it dry out again?? How do you store extra coir you're not using??

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perennialfan273(zone 5)

I made a mistake. I just looked at the block, and the product is actually called coco pith. This is the same as coco coir, right?? Coco coir, coco pith, cocopeat, etc. I'm so confused!! Also, let's say I want to use Al's gritty mix next year. Is it okay to try a different mix, or will I always have to use coir again??

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:18PM
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I'm not sure if this is the same stuff, but we use a compressed block of coco coir for bedding in our snake tank. (Yes, we have 3 Boa constrictors as pets.) When we change it I just put the short end of the block in a shallow amount of water and when it rehydrates I break it off and kind of fluff it up with more water. If it isn't enough, I wet and repeat.

Nice benefit is that when it is time to change the bedding, the used bedding goes in the compost. I love stuff that has extended value.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 11:00AM
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Hey you don't need to worry about that. Coco peat, coco coir, coco pith is the same thing. It is a great growing medium for the plants. Being reusable, it can be stored and reused the next time, as well. You can soak the blocks in enough amount of water which would make the mix damp and not dripping wet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Coco coir blocks

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 2:37AM
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