Coconut Coir

roelex14

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Just curious if anyone has grown anything using the soil-less growing medium of coconut core. My father uses it at work for atrium plants at John Deere world HQ and he says that the results of using it are amazing (especially for root growth). From what it looks like, coir possesses the characteristics of bonsai soil (good water retention, good drainage, high organic matter etc). I could get some if this would be a possability for a good growing medium. Here is a link for the description :

http://www.planetnatural.com/site/xdpy/kb/coconut-coir.html

let me know what ya think
 

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Coconut coir is a very very VERY bad thing for bonsai soil, especially if you're growing "outdoor" trees, like maples and pines. It turns to mushy slush after it freezes. Avoid it.
 

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So far I've found it to be good for sprouting seeds. But when I use it, I try to remove nearly all of it when I transfer them to a bigger pot. It usually gets moldy in about 3 or 4 weeks. Otherwise it seems to have some good properties, but I wouldn't want to try to plant a tree in it long-term.
 

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