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    well if its store bough compost im going to guess maybe salt in the cocofiber if things arent growing well in it.....may be an issue with the sand too.....where did you get that?
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    Not Miracle Grow's "Organic Compost" is it? I hate that stuff - it's so full of mold & fungus spores. I use coir all the time. I have a big bale of it (made by down to eath distributors) so I chip off a few big chunks and add boiling water to it. The next day after it's cooled off I add a cup or so of calcium carbonate sand from the herp shop (I didn't wanna buy the gigantic 40# sack of oyster chips at the feed store) and gypsum to neutralize the PH and help ward off molds who seem to like acidic environments. I don't bother with sand other than the calcium sand. seems to make things compact.

    Depending on what's growing in it I'm either done at this point or I can add some Drainage. Perlite or better yet, shredded cypress mulch works good to "fluff up" the soil and let it breathe. I don't bother with worm casings as they don't really have a ton of nutrients to justify their purchase, dumping old coffee grounds or tea will give you roughly the same nutrient boost. Coir actually has a bit of nutrients by itself so it's not quite as nutrient poor as plain peat, one of the reasons I switched to it. I have bloodmeal but I don't often remember to use it. It's easiest for me to use diluted Gro More orchid fertilizer on everything every other watering. It's a gentle non-burning fertilizer not utilizing Urea in it's Nitrate composition I know you want to go all organic but if the soil is packed with nutes and it ends up being too much for the plant to handle you can't flush it out whereas if you overfertilize with liquids all you have to do is flush with pure water several times and often the plant will be "saved".

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    nope its not miracle grow stuff

    the sand i use is

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    ok................so exactly what problems are you having? im not really seeing anything in what you have said that raises a red flag in my mind as causing an issue.......
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    Add 1 part or even more perlite. I use coco peat/coir, assuming that's what you mean by coco fiber, but have to say I use it for seed starting and won't use it in a long-term potting mix. In my opinion, it isn't a good long-term choice because it seems to break down to goo awfully quickly, meaning within a matter of months.
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