Add six parts water to one part coir brick and let it sit for 10 minutes. Continue adding water, about a cup at a time, until the coir is broken up. It feel moist and soil-like. Break up any chunks with your hands or a shovel. Add nutrients that are appropriate for the plants that you’ll be using.
How do you break up dry coco coir?
If using a saw or blade is not your skill set, you can water one corner of the block and crumble off the desired amount of Coco Fiber for your needs. This is best accomplished with a gallon jug or watering can so you have more control of the wet and dry portions.
How long does coco coir take to break down?
The pith (cocopeat and coco dust) accounts for two-thirds of the coconut pulp by weight and was long considered a waste product. Millions of tons still sit in huge piles in India and Sri Lanka due to its slow decomposition rate of 20 years.
How do you expand coconut fiber brick?
As the coir absorbs the water, use your hands or a garden spade to fluff it. Make sure you don't miss any dry spots in the brick's middle layers. It should take about an hour for the coir to completely expand up to seven times its volume.
How do you separate coco coir bricks?
How do you use compressed coconut fiber?
How much does a block of coco coir expand?
Coir “blocks” measure about 12x12x6 inches and weigh 11 lbs. These blocks are compressed 5 to 1. When water is added these “5kg” blocks will expand to 2 to 2.5 cu ft of growing media, enough to fill a wheelbarrow. It is easy and fun to expand coir blocks.
How do you wash and reuse coco coir?
REUSING COCO COIR TO GROW PLANTS
This is done by removing your coco peat, taking out all the old stumps and roots and treating it with a buffering solution. Be careful to wash all pots when re-using coco coir. A strong bactericide or fungicide should be used in order to eliminate the risk of any future plant diseases.
Do you have to rinse coco coir?
High quality Coco Coir should be washed thoroughly until an E.C of below 1mS/cm is reached. Even after washing, there will still be Sodium and Potassium in the fibres of the Coco Coir which can only be removed through buffering.
How do you expand cocopeat?
If you need to expand the whole block, immerse the block in a large tub capable of holding at least 25 litres of water. Remove the wet expanded cocopeat that floats in the water, while continuing to add water to the tub till the complete block is expanded.
How do you use coconut husk bricks?
Simply place the brick into a bucket, add the suggested amount of water, and let it sit overnight. If too much water is added when making coco coir bricks, you may need to allow the mixture to sit and dry, as too much water can cause damage to your plants by essentially drowning the roots.
How do I fix unbuffered coco?
If you have coco coir that is unbuffered, you can add calcium and magnesium supplements yourself, by rinsing the media with a solution of water, calcium and magnesium, or other nutrients that your particular crop may need an abundance of.
Does coco coir dry out fast?
Please keep in mind, smaller root volumes per plant (small pots or many plants per slab) will make COCO dry out quickly. Therefore it is critical to water these plants more often.
How do you expand a substrate?
How do you use coconut coir in gardening?
Seed starter: Consider growing vegetables in coco coir. To create a seed starter, add coconut coir to potting mix or pick up a coconut coir disc. With discs, soak the coconut coir in a tray and place your seeds. Once the seedlings are ready, place the discs right into your garden bed and get started on your harvest.
How much water do I add to compressed coco soil?
The rule of thumb for rehydrating dry coco coir is to find the weight of your coco coir and add a volume of water roughly 10x the weight of the dry coco brick. For example, if we have a 600g dehydrated coco coir brick, we will need to add around 6000g (6L) of water.