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    Recently I came upon a product that was recommended for anyone using coconut husk chips for potting medium. I don't remember the name or where I saw it. I read the info and didn't pay it any thought. Well, now it is sticking with me. So I am a bit concerned (need a smilie pulling its hair out!).

    Since I do use the chc a lot in my potting mixes, I am wondering if something like this is necessary. Anyone else seen this product? Any thoughts?
     
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    Are you thinking about a rinse?

    I remember seeing this for sale somewhere but I can't remember where it was offered.
     
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    I rinse my chc several times and add other ingredients to the medium.

    My paph mix and rough ratios are as follows:

    Chc 50%
    Perlite 20%
    Charcoal 20%
    Spagnum moss 10%

    I also add a small scoop of oyster shell and silica sand.

    Some folks rinse their chc with an additive to adjust ph. I dont use it but I do add a bit of physan 20 dissolved in water to sterilize the mix...it kills most viruses and pathogens and reduces the potential for excessive mold growth.
     
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    I use chc rinsed several times and mix it with large perlite, charcoal, sphagnum moss. I fertilize with 25-10-10 and alternate with 2 other fertilizer 15-30-15 and 20-20-20. I also use Calmag from time to time and also kelp fertilizer.
     
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    Do you add your Kelp solution with regular watering or on alternate waterings (without fertilizer)?
     
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    I found it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not a rinse. rePotme has a product called Quantum Orchid. A probiotic for orchids. Anyone tried it yet? Anyone heard of it?
     
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    They do not give any clue about what their product actually contains.
    Based on that lack of transparent labeling I would not consider it.
    Sewer sludge could also fit their claims. :(

    Based on their statements there is no benefit that should lead to it being a product that solves any specific CHC problems. Generally CHC benefits from soaking in calcium Nitrate and Epsom salts to remove excess Sodium and Potassium.

    It may very well be a product that enhances plant growth but no way to evaluate it unless we know what is in it or try it.
     
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    Do folks periodically add Epsom Salt, diluted in water, to reduce salt (originally present or accumulated over time) ?

    If so, can you provide recommended rate of application, e.g. tsp/gallon or mg/ litre?

    Thanks!
     
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    The idea is to use Calcium and Magnesium to replace Sodium and Potassium in the CHC before you use it. The same process as recharging a water softener. I gave the link in a post above to the process designed by Antec.

    You don't use epsom salts periodically to reduce salts. You use it to supply magnesium.
     
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    Thanks Lance.

    That actually makes sense... now I am wondering how I missed that.
     
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    alternate watering without fertilizer.
     

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