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Why Add Pinecones?

The first benefit of pinecones is that they’re lightweight and will reduce the overall weight of your container.

As you may know, too much soil retains too much moisture, which can cause numerous issues in your plants. By using pinecones, you’ll use less soil, which means less moisture!

Because they break down into the soil over time, pinecones will boost nutrient levels in the soil. Additionally, they can slightly raise acidity, which is super beneficial for acid-loving plants.

Which Pinecones To Choose

If possible, always select larger pinecones, i.e., the ones that have more space between bracts. Densely packed bracts won’t create enough air pockets, so you should avoid using them.

Which Pinecones To Choose

If you find some pine needles on the ground, add them to the bottom of your containers, too. They can enhance drainage but make sure they don’t carry any fungal diseases.

How To Put Pinecones In Planters

Put them at the bottom but make sure there is enough space for the plant roots to develop and the soil to settle.

You should fill in approximately one-third of your planter, unless you grow plants that need a lot of space to grow.

How To Put Pinecones In Planters

Take your growing substrate and add it over your pinecones.

Remember that the level and volume of the growing substrate can change over time because the cones are breaking down.

How To Put Pinecones In Planters

If you have smaller containers, you can still use cones, but make sure you select the smaller ones.

Adding these gems to the woodchipper is a great idea if you need mulch for your garden.

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