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Thread: can sphagnum have too much water?

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    yup! I agree. Sphagnum seems to grow best when grown under high humidity......moist, good air conditions. Hey! thats a reason why the best sphagnum grows in highland nepenthes pots. perfect conditions IMO. the most important thing is humidity. DOn't water log it. Take a shallow tray like Clint's. put the moss on it...and spray it with water frequently and put it in a humid place where it gets good bright light. The moss should then take off and later it becomes hard to get rid of. I have gotten to the point of throwing away moss as it over fills a nepenthes pot and almost drowns the plant.

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    I saturate it until it's established because until it is established it suffers when just barely moist. Once established it handles the lack of moisture well enough.

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    I always read that you can jump start live sphagnum from the dried stuff. Is it hard to do, or relatively easy? Time consuming?
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    It's easy. It can take several weeks to months.

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    None of the most recent bag I bought of the high quality (light gold color) LFS has returned to life. I don't know if it had been sterilized or spent too long in a hot truck or had been on the store's shelf for too many years. Previous bags of the same stuff were very lively.
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    Mine jest grows out of pots that i have top dressed with NZ LFSM.
    I don't have time to baby it. it jest appears after awhile. and is usually on top of the pot whether it be peat / perlite or peat / pumice. , not so lucky with peat and sand myself. then it starts oozing down the sides of the pot if there is a enough room in the tray. Mine likes shade almost dense shade
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    I read somewhere that it is good to have a layer of peat moss as the base and lay the live sphagnum on top.

    My question is that I have some old peat that is unfortunately miracle grow with added fertilizers. Will this be bad for the moss? Should I go and get some better peat?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feedme View Post
    I read somewhere that it is good to have a layer of peat moss as the base and lay the live sphagnum on top.

    My question is that I have some old peat that is unfortunately miracle grow with added fertilizers. Will this be bad for the moss? Should I go and get some better peat?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

    I would avoid any soil component with fertilizers like the plague, especially when dealing with live sphagnum. Go for some nice Canadian sphagnum peat (not simply "peat" -- there are differences) . . .
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