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    VFT growing in pine needles

    I have started a pine needle experiment. This is not a comparative, rather a long term experiment. I have used approximately 3 parts dried pine needles to one part peat, with a 10mm top layer of fresh (green at time of planting) pine needles. I've used an 18cm tall pot, which is standing in approximately 2.5cm tray of deionised water. I have noticed a oil film forms on the surface of the water, which must come from the needles. The VFT was taken out of my bog garden, where is wasn't doing well. The young growth that you see in the centre of the plant has developed since potting in the pine needles on 24th August 2011. It is under 35W of metal halide lighting.






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    cool! I thought I would try pine needles next year after replanting my vft's. Can't wait to see how yours turn out.
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    It looks like it likes it.

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    I was thinking about doing the same thing myself... Been waiting til I go somewhere that I can gather a large bag of fallen needles. Let us know how it does!

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    I have it under a metal halide light, which can provide adequate light for VFT, so I might keep it growing over winter to see how it performs.

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    People have tried this before. The pine needles quickly rot turning into a stinking mess.

    Hope you get different results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    People have tried this before. The pine needles quickly rot turning into a stinking mess.

    Hope you get different results.
    I sort of suspect that would happen... so time will tell.

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    A quick pic update. For reference the pics in the first post were taken on 9th September 2011 and the ones below of the same plant were taken 14th September 2011.




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