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(Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Posted by doowad z6 MO (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 27, 10 at 10:37

I need to store some bulbs over the winter and wonder if anyone has had any luck (good or bad) with storing them in newspaper or shredded paper? I know that there are other alternatives to peat moss, but I am looking for something economical/free.
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RE: (Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Hi doowad,

Welcome to The Bulb Forum.

I think wadded newspaper or shredded paper would be fine, as well as (dry)sawdust, (dry)wood shavings, (dry)sand, or maybe even (dry)straw.

Sue


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RE: (Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Thanks! They are really not very many bulbs so I don't need anything too special. I'll try the newspaper.


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RE: (Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Dried, preferably cut or shredded, oak leaves work great for this sort of thing. pH is similar to peat moss, very acidic, which acts as a natural antibiotic.

Free for the gathering right now across most of N. America, I would suspect.


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RE: (Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Thanks! They are really not very many bulbs so I don't need anything too special. I'll try the newspaper.


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I love the oak leaves idea. And I have an abundance right now lol.


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No oak trees around here. Are other leaves useable, like maple or curly willow?


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You could probably use other types of leaves as long as they are very, very dry. But, they aren't as acidic as oak leaves or peat, so they won't have as strong of an anti-microbial effect. Oak is definitely the best for this, IMO.

Pine needles would be good if you can get those, they're pretty acidic. I wouldn't try to use other evergreen needles, like cedar or spruce, they might be toxic to the bulbs.


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RE: (Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss

Thanks for all the good ideas! I scored a bag full of pine needles today on my compost run around the neighborhood so I may try that.


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