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Coco coir

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  1. Marcus Harrison

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    Hello,

    I am off to buy some coco coir, as it's apparently best for my little Russian, so it comes in bricks? Right? Once I buy it do I just sprinkle it in or do I need to make it damp?

    Thanks for the advice
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    You will need to add water to break it down. Just be careful how much you add at a time
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    Any other ideas? Coco coir seems to be hard to find..
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    You should be able to get it from any garden store. It's very common.

    One alternative is orchid bark.

    What's important is that the substrate is earthy, has no bits (like vermiculite, stones or calcium that a tort might eat) and no added chemical fertilisers.
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    Thanks a lot, been parading around trying to find it, 2 garden centres haven't heard of it I'm off to another now, just needed a quick reply sorry mate.
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    100% organic peat moss. Similar to coir but much cheaper and easier to work with. And garden centers have it.
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    That's coco husk rather than coir. It's a compost that looks like a house brick
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    He says he can't find it available I think.
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    Too late now, got the husk.
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    Not hard to find for those of us in the tropics. I have 4 coconut trees that drop the nuts almost too often. When we strip off the coir (making sure there aren't any resident insects), our inside tortoises love it. Never seen it in bricks out here.

    Ken
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