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Jute, sisal, or similar type fibers in potting soil?  RSS feed

 
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Would jute or similar fibers work as a replacement for peat in a potting soil? Would a fiber of this type be producible from a temperate climate plant without an insane amount of work? How fast would these sort of fibers break down compared to peat?
 
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Jute and Sisal break down fairly fast compared to peat. I had a sisal rope that laid outside for only two months and it was already breaking down enough that I had to stop using it as a rope.
Now, only 6 months later, it is gone, decomposed into the soil.
 
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