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Pine Cone Guide & Information

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Definition of Pine Cones:
The conical or rounded woody fruit of a pine tree, with scales that open to release the seeds.

Conifers are the cone bearing trees; The conifers represent a very successful part of the plant world.  They enjoy a worldwide distribution, and have been around for the past 200 million years, producing their unique cones as their means of reproduction.

  • Most people think of a female cone when they think of pine cones, but every pine species also produces small male cones. All that sperm-laden airborne pollen has to come from somewhere! Male pine cones are delicate and hard to collect, so be sure to keep an eye out for them next time you pass a pine tree. Those little guys are working hard!

Pine Cone Cleaning

  • Wash the cones in white vinegar and water . Big bowl water and about 2 cups of vinegar, just soak and slosh around for an hour. (They might close up when soaked but will go back to normal once they dry.) They like to be dry to keep their perfect, natural form. 
  • Then set them on paper towels to air dry for up to a week.
  • To make sure the bugs and dirt have been removed after you wash them, place the cones in the oven on a foil lined cookie sheet at 200' - 250'F for an hour, checking carefully to make sure they don't burn. ( microwave in 30 sec. increments- don't want to burn them, they may smell good too!)
  • Then just let them sit around on paper towels for 2-4 days.

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