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OfflineDogomush
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coco coir 50/50 tek help
    #1020579 - 11/04/02 12:04 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Hello,

I can't find any peat moss in the local stores, but there are bricks of coconut, so I'm going to use it to make a 50/50 casing. Does it need calcium carbonate as well? And what about sterilizing? Should I bake it after I pour the water on it to make it expand?

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Re: coco coir 50/50 tek help [Re: Dogomush]
    #1020613 - 11/04/02 12:19 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

don't know about the other questions but just break off a piece and then pour boiling hot water over the coco coir, give it like 15 minutes and it'll expand. Don't use a lot, just a small pieces expands to a very large amount.


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Re: coco coir 50/50 tek help [Re: Dogomush]
    #1020677 - 11/04/02 12:58 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

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Re: coco coir 50/50 tek help [Re: Dogomush]
    #1020690 - 11/04/02 01:02 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

I soak the coco to capacity, bake at 350 for 1 hour, and then add distilled water as needed. Have tried other methods in the past, but my rate of casing contaminations has dropped noticeably since I ditched the microwave and started baking. Not sure about the calcium carbonate - I usually mix the coco with Jiffy Mix. Now that I can't find it, I'm mixing 50:25:25 coco:verm:peat and throwing in a handful of oyster shell. My casing problems SEEM to be corrected now, haven't had a contam start in any of the casings with this mix. Yet.


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Re: coco coir 50/50 tek help [Re: Dogomush]
    #1020869 - 11/04/02 02:09 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

I've used straight coco and plain tap water & had no probs.


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Re: coco coir 50/50 tek help [Re: babyshroom]
    #1020963 - 11/04/02 02:39 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

cool thanks for the tips.. I'm going to add a little calcium carbonate cause the brick's PH is 5.4-6.8. With just a little shot of calcium carbonate I should be able to bring the PH close to neutral 7, and I'm going to bake it for an hour, just to make sure.


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