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    Very interesting experiment!

    I did the same thing last year with a vft and I tried to grew it in all pine needle.. That didn't work out too well, the plant started drying and it didn't have a tray.
    I guess the trick here is to cut the pine needle in small pieces so that it can retain more moisture, i guess a tray is also necessary in order to prevent drying.

    Might try that this year again!

    Thanks for the update and hope you keep us updated.

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    There is an experiment on one of the other CP forums, where a member is growing VFT in various proportions it pine needles/peat, including one in just pine needles.

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    Pardon me, but from the looks of those.....aren't those actually FIR needles?
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    Pardon me, but from the looks of those.....aren't those actually FIR needles?
    Fir and pine are both members of the Pinaceae family. The needles you see are a top dressing that were added at a later date as a green mulch and could well be fir; however, the layer underneath is pine/peat. In fact, I walked past the trees from which they fell just a few hours ago.

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    The success of this will also depend on the type of pine (or fir or spruce, or whatever Pinaceae...). It would be cool to try this with many different types of needles and make a list of which ones work and which don't. I've wanted to try this with ponderosa pine needles, but haven't gotten the chance yet, so this is really cool to see that it can be successful at least with some types of needles.
    I would assume that trees used for orchid bark (including ponderosa pine and douglas fir... others?) would also have needles that are safe for growing many CP's.
    Other pines that grow along with CP's in the wild would probably also work, as thier needles get mixed in with the soil over the years
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    I recently mulched my bog with douglass fir needles to add some acid back into the soil...much more attractive than yellow grains of sulfer.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    What about oak leaves? Or redwood litter? Don't have pines near my house, but I do have plenty of oaks and redwoods.

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    I would not suggest using oak leaves as they harbor some kind of fungus that will play havoc with your CPs, at least where I live on Oregon. I have successfully used maple leaves, palm acre leaves, and douglas fir pine needles as mulch over winter and them remove in spring. I have noticed that the pine needles will rot if used in pots inside, but have had no problem outside.

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