baking coco fibre

Karen(pebbles)

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can somebody please tell me how i bake the coco fibre? do i bake the block before adding the water or vice versa? at the moment it's in the freezer where it'll stay for the next three weeks ( i wanna be absolutely sure :) ) also do i boil the orchid bark as well? thanks in advance
 

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I bake the brick dry as is at 250 for 2-3 hours.
Freezing didn't help much when I tried it. Boiling will work but baking is easier. Don't need to bake and boil, do one or the other.
An fyi, it does work, I have done the baking every time when I had little ones. However, eventually the bugs will come, but it was close to a year before I had them.
 

Karen(pebbles)

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I bake the brick dry as is at 250 for 2-3 hours.
Freezing didn't help much when I tried it. Boiling will work but baking is easier. Don't need to bake and boil, do one or the other.
An fyi, it does work, I have done the baking every time when I had little ones. However, eventually the bugs will come, but it was close to a year before I had them.
thankyou for your help, and what about the orchid bark, do i boil or just wash this through before using? im not ready to change the substrate yet but i want to be prepared for when i do, and if it lasts just a couple of months i'd be happy, but these little bugs have surfaced after just three weeks, but needless to say i never knew about baking the coco fibre.
 

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Bake the orchid bark too. Same temp and same amount of time.
Temp can be 200-250 for both coir and bark.
 
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