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Q: why does it take so long for orange peel to decompose?
A: It depends on the temperature, humidity, local species of microorganisms and insects (much "decomposition" is actually feeding by insects), and type of fruit skin. [ Under the practically ideal conditions of my compost pile in summer, in less than a fortnight most fruit skins and vegetable peelings generally are no longer recognisable as different from soil, and may be totally gone. People
claim that orange peel takes about 6 months to break down in compost, due to the high concentration of anti-fungal oils. I don't know about that, as I've never tried to compost orange peel, but I can confirm that if kept dry, it lasts for years. ]
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