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    I found some coconut husk in the pet store that is labelled for reptile bedding. Is this safe for my plants? I know some coconut husk is high in salt content, but thought if this was safe for reptiles, it should be safe for my plants. Has anyone used this or know anything else about it?
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    I think even the plant type coconut husk stuff has to be washed to leach out all the salts so I'd say give it a few good washings and you should be fine
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    I wouldn't use it unless first soaking it a few times in pure water and testing with a tds meter each time.

    High quality chips produced for plants are washed several times prior to packing and orginate from coconuts that are not grown near coastal water. The quality can vary significantly even among products produced for the agriculture market.
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    As Tony has pointed out, rinsing is critical. I purchased some coco chips from a nearby orchid vendor. He assured me they were rinsed and ready to use. I soaked them anyway, and the first rinse water measured over 400ppm TDS. After several more rinses, it was below 80ppm and I used it in my mix - no problems.

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    Well, I've rinsed them twice and left them outside in the rain yesterday. I can rinse them again, but I don't have a TDS meter. Where can I get one and how expensive are they?

    Is the fact that they are sterilized for reptile bedding any indication of their salt content?
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    sterilizing generally only involves heating and dehydrating, generally not rinsing. after rinsing i use theas as part of my soil for my dart frogs and Mantellas which are pretty picky about contaminates and ive had no problems
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    I have pondered using this stuff also. If it's the same stuff I have seen in places like Pet-Co, it is made in Sri Lanka(which I think is the safest as they are usually not beach-front trees).
    Even so, many washings for sure. If you have a tds meter, I would be interested in hearing the levels.

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