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    The guy around here uses pure coco husk pieces. Stuff does not last (for him at least). It's killed or near killed a number of plants...
    Just cuz it might not happen every single time doesn't mean it isn't a necessary precaution to consider. If he uses it and it works, cool. If not, well this is my warning.
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    hmmm....

    thanks for the input guys...i guess im going to Lowes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler_mt View Post
    coco products work fine for me.............have had peat go bad before coconut products.........use the coco stuff more than peat anymore
    yeah it has worked fine for me and i know a great nursery that uses it too they reccomended i get it from American Amgriculture or Rain-or-Shine cause i emailed em and ask they said you can get it in huge bales from them if you want you cann add stuff to the coco products like peat or perlite of long fiber sphagnum i imagine a eqaul mix if all three would work well for pickier nepenthes and i do believe coconut husk last like 5 years so try what I reccomeneded dont listen to PK it you can get cypress mulch that works well get the natural like untreated kind
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    Coco husk chips last a long time, but get moldy if watering isn't regulated. Since my plants go outside for the summer and sometimes get rained on for several days in a row, that's a problem. I put my first Nep in them and won't do it again. As for coco peat (coir), that stuff is awesome and I use it in the seed-starting and potting soil mixes I blend. It blows sphagnum peat away for those purposes. But it does degrade to a kind of amorphous goo and, while that isn't a problem when in a mix with other things that can provide structure, I wouldn't want to use it by itself.
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    if you can find substrate at lowes go for it
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    coco products aren't that great.
    In my experience, they break down fast with fertilizer.
    I am slowly changing all my neps to a mostly bark, pearlite, vermiculite, lava rock, mix with a little bit of peat for water retention. doesn't break down fast with fertilizer.
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    Zero,

    Thats basically what im getting from this post. And your mix sounds right up my alley...

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    Well I think there are grades of coc since it is widely used in hydroponics,
    I have never personally tried it though...

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