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There are some real advantages to growing with coco coir over soil and other hydroponic methods. Check out the factsheet I put together below and let me know what you think.
Of course, a lot of these advantages are situation-dependent; sometimes soil will in fact be better, and sometimes another hydroponic method will win out. The latter is especially true for commercial-scale leaf vegetable production where you can grow more plants in the same square footage with something like NFT channels or a floating raft system. Soil will win out when you can be sure it has a strong microbiome and you’re planting directly into the ground. There are other situations as well, but it’s always important to know your options.
A good way to think about it is when you are looking for a plug and play solution for your first introduction to hydroponics, coco coir is one of the easiest mediums to work with and it’s very sustainable.
Here’s what the bricks and different loose mixes might look like:
Hort Americas and Brightagrotech put together a webinar on choosing grow media here. It’s a little long but definitely packed with solid information.