Swell Premium Coco Soil
The perfect rainforest substrate for moist habitats
What is coco coir?
Coco coir (also called coco peat or soil) comes from Swell Reptiles in a 10l bag and can be used as a substrate for any rainforest set-up, including frog and gecko enclosures, as well as a peat-free compost potting mix for planting. Alternatively, the coconut coir can be mixed with a sand product to create the ideal environment for digging species like monitors. The coconut husk coir can even be used in bioactive enclosures to help your clean-up crew with food. Coco fibre is also environmentally friendly, as it is a waste product of the coconut industry that often goes unused, so you can save the planet will keeping your pet tucked up and warm.
How do you use coco coir?
The coco coir comes ready to use or store. To use, simply settle the soil in the vivarium or terrarium, there's no need for adding any water, unless you wish to increase the humidity. Coco fibre is quite loose and will create air pockets over time. If you're using it as compost or growing medium, like many gardeners, you will want to add water and then leave it for a while as the coir retains moisture, ideal for encouraging healthy root development in new plants. Some gardeners prefer to use a mix of coco coir and peat moss to create a blended substrate.
How does coco coir work in a drainage ecosystem?
If you want to utilise this soil in a drainage eco system, it is best used with a drainage layer initially, then a layer of drainage mesh, before putting the soil on the top. This means you can create a water reservoir under the soil which will constantly supply the soil with water and keep it moist, helping with humidity, whilst not allowing the soil to become water logged.
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