Cedar foliage

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by ngawangchodron, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. ngawangchodron

    ngawangchodron Member

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    I'm wondering about the effects of cedar foliage in a compost pile. I know that the wood and roots are detrimental to some plants because of "thujone"..however, not ferns and some other forest plants. So could I compost the cedar foliage separately and just use it on those appropriate plants, or could I add some (but not a lot) to a regular compost pile?? Anyone with any experience with this?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Cedars don't contain thujone - are you thinking of Thuja?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I don't think you'll notice anything different with the final product.
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    High levels of thujone in red cedar, Michael F.is correctly referring to true cedars; however, here on the west coast "cedar" is almost always vernacular for "thuja". That being said, I agree with Ron B, it hasn't made a noticeable difference in any compost I've made....chop it up with shears, it will break down faster.
     
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