Monday February 19th 2024, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Garden,Knit

┬áThere are a lot of palm products out there these days, which means there’s a lot of coconut coir looking for a market. It’s being sold as a substitute for peat pots for gardeners, among other things.

But according to one gardening forum, it removes potassium from the soil, which keeps your plants from being able to create leaves. They’ll be stunted at best.

Which is why this apricot seedling grew all of three inches last year and looked like this.

Once I’d read that warning, I peeled the coir away from the two apricots so afflicted and hoped for the best. (Most of my vegetable sprouts in those pots simply died.)

It also explained why nothing ever grew within five feet of the trunk of the date palm we used to have and not a blade of grass grew there for five years after it was gone. Bare dirt. Even Californian weeds couldn’t take it on.

In its first day of the new season this Anya descendant grew leaves that are about as big as last year’s ever were and it was such a treat to see the first sign of spring–and from that particular plant. I think it’s going to be fine.

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Grow! Grow! Grow little tree! Mine still has the green leaves it suddenly grew in December. No new growth yet.

Comment by DebbieR 02.20.24 @ 9:02 am

Yay! I’m so glad you found out about the problem with those pots in time.

Comment by ccr in MA 02.20.24 @ 1:26 pm

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