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Thread: The massive coir brick has arrived!

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    J Murphy,
    Coir will work great for neps in place of LFS but I would open the stuff up with either orchid bark or shredded cypress mulch so it has a good airy texture and fast drainage. Good drainage is especially important for the cool growing highland nepenthes. Warm growing lowlanders like N. bicalcarata and N. ampullaria on the other hand would probably be happy with straight coir as they like to be really moist. If you have never used it I say get a small brick at the pet shop use it on a couple plants and see how you like it. A small brick will likely last you a very long time since it just about fills a 5 gallon pail when you dump a gallon of water onto it. FYI I use near boiling water 180*F to kill any possible contaminant spores that could be in the stuff but not hot enough to kill the beneficial bacterias. You can expand the brick using cold water just the same but it won't kill any mold spores that may be lurking in it.
    I like coir far better than peat cos it dries faster than peat does in a terrarium and because of it's varied texture which ranges from fine peat like stuff to strands of coconut fibers, is not nearly as fine/suffocating to roots as peat can be.

    herenorthere,
    It would be fun to put this into a kiddie wading pool, let it expand and then make a bog with it, except, I don't have a yard, just the front of the condo, they let me go nuts with tons of potted plants but I don't think they'd go for the pool/bog.

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    Sounds like I might give it a try. Maybe use it for my snakes cage as well.

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    i have found pure coir as a mix for CP's where the soil is constantly waterlogged it tends to degrade fairly quickly.......mix it with other stuff be it LFS, APS, Perilite or whatever and it seems to last as long as anything..........that said.....i would love to get a couple of those mega bricks to add to my garden soil............dang pure clay gumbo.......
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    Rattler and I agree on very little, but we agree about what happens to coir. I only use it in mixes that won't be saturated and with plenty of other stuff to provide structure.
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    Yeah, I don't use coir (or peat) "straight" I always add extra drainage cos I fear too much water retention. I've been using shredded cypress mulch instead of perlite for the last year or two. It looks more natural, making a good water holding but easy draining mix - and I really love the price 2 CU Ft for $5! Home depot and Lowes even have the mulch in midwinter, you just have to be willing to hike through knee deep snow to get at it - it's not easy to carry a huge frozen solid sack of mulch!

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