How to use coconut coir brick in 4 easy steps

How to prepare coconut coir brick in 4 easy steps new

Coconut coir has many uses in the garden. You can use it as a soil amendment, growing medium, or a natural seed starting mix.

A small bag of loose coco coir can be pretty expensive. Thus it is more cost-effective to buy a coconut coir brick and prepare it yourself simply by adding water.

I never needed more than five bricks per season for seeds starting for my small backyard garden. You can find coco bricks sold in most garden centers or buy coco coir bricks from Amazon.

Materials you’ll need:

Before use, a coco coir brick must be first hydrated. I will show you how to rehydrate a coir brick and prepare a coconut coir brick in 4 easy steps.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Place the coco coir brick in a large container

Remove the brick from its wrapper and place it in a large container. In this guide, I’m using a 5-gallon bucket.Place the coco coir brick in a large container

Add water to rehydrate the coco coir brick

Add 4 quarts of water. The compressed brick will begin to expand immediately. Let it sit in water for 10 minutes to absorb all the moisture and break down.Add water to rehydrate the coco coir brick

Break and loosen up coconut coir brick

Use your hands to break up remaining coco coir clumps to allow moisture to penetrate. Add more water as necessary. You want the coco coir to be damp but not too wet.Break and loosen up coco coir brick

Use and store excess coco coir

Use as needed. If you’re using coco coir as a potting medium, then add any combination of vermiculite, compost, and worm castings. Store any excess coco coir in a sealed container.
As a seed starting mix, no other ingredients are needed. So go ahead and fill seed starting pots or cells with rehydrated coco coir.Use and store excess hydrated coco coir

How to use coconut coir brick FAQ

What is a coconut coir brick?

The coconut coir bricks are made from grounded and then compressed coconut coir. The coir is the fiber from the outer husk of mature coconuts. It’s processed then compressed to a block of 4 inches wide by 8 inches long and 2 inches thick for ease of transport and storage.

Is coco coir suitable for seedlings?

The majority of coco coir available today is safe and organic. In addition, it’s sterile, thus making it a popular choice by home gardeners and commercial growers for starting seeds.

Can I use coco coir with soil?

Hydrated coco coir makes excellent soil amendment by adding organic matter and aerating the soil. You’ll also find coco coir hard to beat when it comes to water retention. As a soil amendment, it acts as a sponge to hold water in the root zone so that the plants can use it when they need it.

Do I need to add nutrients to coco coir?

Yes, you do. Coco coir, especially the brick form, does not contain any nutrients. Thus, you’ll need to add compost or worm castings to provide it with nutrients. Another option is to use nutrient-enriched water to give the coco coir more nutrients through fertigation.

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I discovered I have a knack for gardening. In 2015, with my wife, Marina, I embarked on a mission to turn our urban backyard from barren to a bountiful oasis. Our goal was to create a functional outdoor space, that is distinct yet unified, a space for outdoor living and recreation and garden space for me to grow food. Within a few years, we’d established a garden consisting of raised beds and fruit trees and vines. Our family grew and we were blessed with an extra pair of little hands to help in the garden. The following year we’d completed living space with an installation of a gazebo and artificial turf. Play structures for our kids and cats will complete our garden transformation.

From the outset, I documented my experiences and have started a blog, this site, to share our trials and tribulations in the hope to inspire and help you to create the garden of your dreams.

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