I gotta say.. this is a very cool product for urban gardeners. Well packaged, complete instructions, and a fascinating soiless growing media: Coconut Fiber, also known as coir. (I have no idea how to pronounce “coir” so I shall call it coconut fiber throughout this article:)
The gable box is packed with all the right stuff: A seed germination system with coconut fiber discs and a mini green house, seeds, controlled release fertilizer, and two grow bags containing compressed coconut fiber “bricks”.
The seeds are for tomato and cucumber plants and I started by following the instructions to hydrate the seed germination discs. They expand mightily and I dutifully poked holes in them, put seeds in the hole, and covered it up with the clear lid vowing to keep them watered during the germination process.
Next the instructions say to gently add water to the coconut fiber in the grow bags. What took up about a quarter of each bag compressed, immediately swelled to about 3 inches from the top. Pretty cool! You add a package of controlled release 14 14 14 fertilizer to the fiber filled bags now so that it
can permeate the fiber and be there for the baby plants when they are potted up into the bag after germinating.
Now I wait for the seeds to germinate. I plan to keep the coconut fiber in the bag moist until time to plant and I can’t wait.
While the gardenmarketplace.com price is 24.95 for this product, I received it as a gift from family who purchased it at Publix on sale for $4.95, A great investment for all that is in the box. I should add that if you purchase this product at the website, there are 3 grow bags included and you have your choice of seed varieties.
I’ve always been interested in coconut fiber as a growing media and look forward to seeing how things develop and.. I’ll keep you posted!
UPDATE! 24 days later, Here’s my crop!