Fertile Fibre Coir Chips Husk, Melcourt Composted Bark?


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I'm looking to go peat free and I feel like I've pinned down the options to this one compost for Sarracenias:

Fertile Fibre Coir Chips Husk: https://www.fertilefibre.com/coir/coir-chips-husk-177.html

I've gone through all of the information I can find and the above product appears to be suitable (neat, no amelorants??) for growing Sarracenia.

 

Please can I have some advice about this? Am I on the right track or totally off the rails?

I'm also looking to grow beginner Drosera in this medium - should I be adding sand?

 

Looking at the RHS website they advise using Melcourt Composted Bark in the same way as peat (this is an RHS endorsed product, and having worked for the RHS I have my reservations), hence why I'm going down the Fertile Fibre Coir Chips route.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated by me and my plants!

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23 hours ago, gardenofeden said:

I have use both extensively. I prefer just neat coir chips these days, but the melcourt works well too, get better rootgrowth in the coir

Hi,

I've not yet taken the plunge into peat-free compost (yes, I know I should but fear risking my plants). Do you think coir is the way to go? And who is the best supplier and what is the best mix for Sarracenia? How does it compare with Mike's mix of Melcourt bark/perlite/cornish grit? I've found 2 of these ingredients difficult to obtain in small quantities.

Thanks.

Martin

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On 1/3/2022 at 2:23 PM, linuxman said:

Hi,

I've not yet taken the plunge into peat-free compost (yes, I know I should but fear risking my plants). Do you think coir is the way to go? And who is the best supplier and what is the best mix for Sarracenia? How does it compare with Mike's mix of Melcourt bark/perlite/cornish grit? I've found 2 of these ingredients difficult to obtain in small quantities.

Thanks.

Martin

well I like coir as it is weed free, acid, low nutrient and the chips can be re-used.  It's not without environmental impact though. Melcourt is arguably more sustainable, and with less transport issues,  but a bit inconsistent at present.  For more info visit the FB site I set up which has some more detailed info

Peat Free Carnivorous Plants UK | Facebook

Stephen

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On 1/4/2022 at 2:28 PM, gardenofeden said:

well I like coir as it is weed free, acid, low nutrient and the chips can be re-used.  It's not without environmental impact though. Melcourt is arguably more sustainable, and with less transport issues,  but a bit inconsistent at present.  For more info visit the FB site I set up which has some more detailed info

Peat Free Carnivorous Plants UK | Facebook

Stephen

Thanks for the info Stephen, but I'm afraid I don't do Facebook.

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Hi Steve, @gardenofeden

Please could you tell me how wet your coir chips are? I've been rehydrating mine and unless the chips are actually sitting in water, the chips are relatively dry. Should I be using low/squat pots so that Sarracenia roots are in the wettest chips in a pot?

 

Many thanks - I've not done peat free before and don't want to lose my plants:thumbsup:

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On 1/16/2022 at 8:09 PM, Test Valley Triffids said:

Hi Steve, @gardenofeden

Please could you tell me how wet your coir chips are? I've been rehydrating mine and unless the chips are actually sitting in water, the chips are relatively dry. Should I be using low/squat pots so that Sarracenia roots are in the wettest chips in a pot?

 

Many thanks - I've not done peat free before and don't want to lose my plants:thumbsup:

Well all my pots sit in water. Sometimes the surface seems quite dry but this is often superficial. Occasionally I water the odd pot from the top if it seems  excessively dry

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40 minutes ago, gardenofeden said:

Well all my pots sit in water. Sometimes the surface seems quite dry but this is often superficial. Occasionally I water the odd pot from the top if it seems  excessively dry

Thanks for the advice/reply, I'll be repotting my plants soonish.

Could you please advise on what peat free media is suitable for seed sowing, as the coir chips seem far too chunky for this purpose?

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