Flower Power in Baskets: soaking the coco liner?

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Flower Power in Baskets

By Joannabanana
September 16, 2012

In late summer, you might find that potting soil in some of your baskets has become a bit compacted. Watering daily keeps the plants going, but often the plants become nutrient deficient and the soil medium has no nutritional value left to keep producing flower buds.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 17, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Should we be soaking those coco liners before we use them?
I know some of the coco stuff that came in bags told us to soak it?
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Sep 17, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Hi Caroline,

I don't because I use a plastic liner. So the coco liner is for looks only. The soil is not in contact with it and therefore, there is no need to presoak it
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 18, 2012 4:09 AM CST
Oh dear----I don't like the look of the liner, and want to put the plastic on the outside.
I guess I should soak it.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Sep 18, 2012 6:41 AM CST
If you have he soil in direct contact of the liner, then I guess it would be best to soak it. I find the liners easy to replace every 2 or 3 years. I find they don't deteriorate as quickly if you use a liner inside. My issue is the birds using the liners for nesting materials in the spring.
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Sep 18, 2012 4:48 PM CST
Where can replacement coco liners be purchased? I need one that will fit into a cone shaped basket.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 24, 2013 9:49 AM CST
Most garden centers carry them and I have seen them at Walmart.
They bring them in towards spring.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 20, 2013 1:34 PM CST
I wound up with the plastic on the inside as you do.
The plastic does not look any better.
I placed a small deep saucer inside the plastic, and filled it with vermiculite.
Filled to top with potting soil, and then planted with the old "vining" petunias.
Then I lift them into position before watering them.

I did two others with petunia integrifolia, but they were too heavy to hang so
they are on a table for now.

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