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Thread: Sphagnum as “The Canary in the Coal Mine”

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    I used to use sphagnum, but wanted to stop damaging the environment and grow all my plants in milled spotted owls now.
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    how does LFS damage the enviroment, i think your thinking of peat

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    OMG the more i look at your moss the more i want it. ><
    lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPLH View Post
    how does LFS damage the enviroment, i think your thinking of peat

    He was making a bit of a joke, though irresponsible harvesting of sphagnum moss (or peat, the decayed remains of the same) can be detrimental to bogs and wetlands as you may well imagine, considering how it is removed by the bale. If the moss were seen more often as the renewable and very profitable resource that it is -- such as the contemporary view of tropical hardwoods, now grown on plantations as much as the wild -- I don't think we'd be seeing such wholesale destruction of those environments.

    That problem is academic, though, if you manage to grow it yourself . . .
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    okay BigBella, i just put a bunch of LFS in a ziploc bag(the kind of bag not the brand, i'm using the kroger brand.) and one tiny spot of live sphagnum and i put it outside in a shaded area. any tips?

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    I think you owe some money, Upper.... You already own some nice moss, you just need to pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upper View Post
    okay BigBella, i just put a bunch of LFS in a ziploc bag(the kind of bag not the brand, i'm using the kroger brand.) and one tiny spot of live sphagnum and i put it outside in a shaded area. any tips?
    Sorry, I can't help you, it won't work with the Kroeger brand (heh, heh) . . .

    Again, saturate the living hell out of it -- think bog -- and keep it in moderate Tbs (70s) and indirect light -- no cooking. The live spot will certainly grow as well as the spores in the dried material. Give it a few weeks, always keeping it wet . . .

    I just began another batch in a Ziplock® gallon-size bag (did I mention it's a fine SC Johnson product?) to replant some Heliamphora this coming September . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by herenorthere View Post
    I used to use sphagnum, but wanted to stop damaging the environment and grow all my plants in milled spotted owls now.
    I prefer lightly-macerated harp seals ( their oh, so fine pelts offer such great drainage) -- but each to his own . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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