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Old 05-20-2022, 08:45 AM
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This last weekend I potted a few neofinetia in this coconut fiber purchased on Amazon. I like the tidy look of the mounds when using fiber (at least when new), but I have reservations using it for more plants until I see how the first batch works out. Based on the much smaller weight gain after watering, it seems unlikely that coconut fiber will retain sufficient moisture.

The last three bails of sphagnum I purchased were unsuitable for use with neofinetia. I would up using them as regular garden mulch. I can find the very long fiber moss at about $50/package, but can't find AAA-equivalent anywhere. Until I see how the coconut works out, are there any suggestions on finding good quality bails of sphagnum.



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I have no source for the long sphag, but I have serious issues with the coco fiber. Can't STAND that stuff! It gives me the willies. Like having long pieces of hair in your meatloaf that twine around and you can't get it off. Like cat hairballs mounting.

My neo mount wrapping skills are abysmal, as evidenced elsewhere here. But could you maybe put shorter pieces of sphag in the middle then an outer wrapping of the fiber? It might work as a stop-gap until you can source what you need? I doubt the fiber itself will provide the water retention you'd want or the neo would require.
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Keith - You're correct that "Gorilla hair" doesn't hold a lot of moisture within the strands, but if a bit compressed, it'll hold more between them - not a lot, so the roots can still "breathe" - and it still dries relatively quickly, so it might be worth experimenting.
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When using pots coconut chips might be what you're after.
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I have no source for the long sphag, but I have serious issues with the coco fiber. Can't STAND that stuff! It gives me the willies. Like having long pieces of hair in your meatloaf that twine around and you can't get it off. Like cat hairballs mounting.
Before I started using it, I potted one neo with coconut fiber on my potting bench. That was enough. There were fibers in and around everything; the bench, floor, clothing, and supplies. It was a lot of work to clean it all up. Now, I only pot with coconut fiber outdoors.

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Long-fibered moss is quite expensive lately. I got a good deal on Zoo Med not long ago so I used that (it is good quality).
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