How Fine Are Pine Bark Fines?

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)August 25, 2011

I can buy Better-Gro Orchid Bark. It is made of fir bark, but it looks like chunks to me. How fine does the bark have to be to qualify as pine bark fines?

Here is a link that might be useful: Better-Gro Orchid Bark

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You find this discussed in great detail over on the Container gardening forum In fact you'll find a great deal of info on your non-tomato questions discussed there as they focus on container gardening. Check out this discussion of bark fines.


Here is a link that might be useful: Container gardening discussion on bark fines

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 9:57PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Thanks, Dave. I was wondering this too.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 10:12PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'd consider bark fines as being about the size of one's finger nails...pinky to thumb. What are typically sold as "mini pine bark nuggets' are too big.

And don't forget that we're talking about conifer bark...pine or other conifers. Not plain wood chips.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 11:02PM
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Thanks. This particular brand is fir bark, which I think is a conifer, but not a pine. The chunks looked to be about the size of my fingernails, maybe a bit larger, but I will check again.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 7:36AM
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