that is a great great product. I use a cheaper one from better gro. The one you bought will last longer. This is chilean Sphagnum moss.
That's what I use. As for its growability, I find that there's little to no life left by the time I get to the end of a bag and, thinking about it, I'm pretty sure I had a bag once that nothing grew from. Maybe the spores' life expectancy is the problem, not the nation of origin (or, more likely, treatment during packaging).
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Ok I always get that Mosser Lee stuff because it's what the place I go to has. I'll check Lowes or Home Depot to see what they might have. What is easiest to get gowing? Is the NZ or Chillie stuff that yellowish/light brown stuff that always looks different and better then the Mosser Lee that looks just dark brown and never grows for me? What about the saw dust stuff that is usually next to the Mosser Lee LFS, would that be good to try to get to grown?
I have a small batch of live NZ moss in propagation.
How long has it been propagating, and do you have any green plant yet?
pics of live moss grown from Better Gro orchid moss.
I didn't want this to grow but it did and choked out some nep seedlings.
Expect some weeds to grow also.
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Well you people can snivel all you want about the Mosser Lee stuff. I'd say 60% of the pots that I used the bottom of bag dust as a germination bed sprouted live Sphagnum. One of the cups I have Drosera anglica "Hawaii" in even sprouted red Sphagnum.
Well Zero and NaN, that's encouraging from both of you. I've been using Mosser Lee, since it's about 1/2 the price of the Better Gro. But I have to say that the quality of the Better Gro is superior ... (sorry NaN). I hope I have as much luck with Sphagnum germination as you guys have had.
That carpet of moss looks real nice. I've had some d.rotundifolia pop up out of nowhere from the Mosser Lee LFS so that's good. I did have a pot where some just took off and choked a heli but I'm not sure if that's Mosser Lee or from someone else(I just took some I saw and potted it up). Well I have some Mosser Lee left so I'll go find some NZ and try them both out.
One thing about Mosser Lee was that it did make a nice fast draining, open highland nep substrate with all the twigs, root clumps, rocks, etc. in it. I didn't need to add orchid bark or anything to help with drainage. I just didn't like that it didn't grow sphagnum (for me). I guess my idea is if i'm gonna buy LFS I want the "good s---" and the shops around here don't carry it anymore anyway. I did top the Neps potted with ML with the fine ground blonde stuff and got the best of both worlds.
I think most sphagnum moss will grow extra stuff, sometimes the ferns and other plants that pop up are neat and worth keeping, other times it's just weeds and long grasses. Snatch the grasses as they appear cos once they become a nice clump with a big rootsystem they're hard to get rid of without uprooting and repotting your plants. At first I thought I could just cut it off at soil level and it'd die off, not so!