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Q.I Have Mixed Fine Textured Peat Moss In My Soil And Now The Peat Moss Won\’t Absorb Water When I Irrigate By Hand Or Drip. What

Zone Soquel, Ca. | sweet-s added on October 6, 2021 | Answered

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Answered on October 7, 2021

Unfortunately, once peat dries out, it will not be easy to rehydrate. You will need a surfactant to re-wet the peat. Coconut oil mixed with water, as best as it will, can help the peat to re-wet, being a surfactant itself.

For this reason, many people choose to use coco-coir and phosphoric acid to bring the pH down to the same level as peat will be, if you need that pH drop.

Once you are able to re-wet the peat, it is important to never let it dry out, or it will become hydrophobic, once again.

This article will help you to understand the benefits of coco-coir:


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