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Coco Casings
    #572390 - 03/07/02 10:33 AM (21 years, 6 months ago)

I can't find a tek on this... When using Coco brick for casing, is there a general concensus on whether to add Calcium Carbonate? If so, how much? Do you sterilize it? If so, how - autoclave, ovenbag, microwave, H2O2? Is there a process for getting the correct moisture content? Do you add verm for additional moisture? Etc, etc, etc.

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Re: Coco Casings [Re: BeautifulDay]
    #572918 - 03/07/02 08:53 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

There are several ways to use Coco Coir.

You can use straight Coco Coir....which i do.
I break off a chunk off the brick.....wet it down....let it expand....then i bake it in a pan in the oven for 2 hours at 375 degrees.
I let it cool down.
If i need to add more water.....i do so.
I wash my hands with anti bacterial soap.
Then make up my casing.... I squeeze exesive water out of the Coco Coir.
Make it so it is just damp.....not too wet.

You can mix Coco Coir with other stuff.... just do a search on Coco Coir.
Lots of stuff will pop up.

Another good casing is this one that Anno gave me.
Quote Anno:
"A casing made of 10 parts peat or potting soil, 10 parts vermiculite, 1 part limestome(calcium carbonate) and water, pasteurized in the microwave for 10 minutes, worked very good for me."

And it worked good for me too.

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Re: Coco Casings [Re: BeautifulDay]
    #572945 - 03/07/02 09:16 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

you don't really need it with coco, the main reason for its use is to level out the pH in peat.


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Re: Coco Casings [Re: BeautifulDay]
    #573361 - 03/06/02 06:43 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

I use coco coir and verm 50/50 for my casings and it works great for EQs and Golden teacher, not so good for B+ and Koh Samuis.
This is what I do: take a piece of coco coir from the brick, put it in a bowl, add drinking water, let it expand, and add vermiculite. Put the bowl in the microwaves oven for 3 minutes at max power, let it cool, and case. I never had a problem with it, and had always excellent results.

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