Aw, no fair. I tried growing sphagnum but it didn't work. Congrats though.
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Congrats. Is this the stuff you accidentally cooked?
lol, that's like half of it, i loved the white sphagnum. it looks good as a topping on my sarracenia. but yeah, those are the stuff i cooked. well, i'm loving my winter so far. the sphagnum can be in full sun, covered, and it wont cook.
See this? All I did was put the dried stuff in the pot and sprinkle sundew seeds on top. I covered it with a plastic up and put under a Grolite. I have no sundew sprouts but plenty of live LFS.
Maneatingmoo, did you try grinding the sphagnum? That seems to jump start it for me. Left as long ropes it takes a long time to get going, and sometimes what starts to look like living sphagnum ends up actually just being algae. If you haven't tried it, try grinding some up and keeping it evenly moist and illuminated (mist well every day or every other day). I rub two handfuls of dry LFS together until it makes a pile of small chunks and dust floating in a pail of water, I call that "ground". Be sure to pull your teeshirt over your nose/mouth when you do this as it's no good breathing the sphagnum dust!
The Mosser Lee brand sphagnum moss cut in Wisconsin that I used to buy from my aunts garden center was real bad for getting lots of "extras" like: dirt, sand, rocks, twigs, dead raccoons, dog doo, you name it! lol! The blond NZ sphagnum from the orchid shop doesn't seem to be like that but now that they sell the cheaper blond at the garden center I've found twigs and root clumps in some of it, it's not the same as the orchid shop "real" NZ stuff which seems to be the most "clean" outta the bag with only a little sand but you definitely pay for the luxury, I assume it's pre-cleaned. On a positive note, my N. rajah did great in the cheap Mosser Lee stuff that was full of all the extras, I never bothered digging most of the stuff out just the biggest hunks, I just chopped at it with a big pair of garden shears. It did make a nice fast draining highland nep soil though!
Sphagnum seems to be my nemesis. I cannot for the life of me get this stuff to green up. I've got a batch of the real nice blond NZ kind, and I'm also trying a batch of the crappy, dark Mosser Lee stuff. 4 months later and nothing on either batch. Well, not nothing, the mosser lee stuff is sprouting all kinds of various things except the sphagnum itself. Yeah - I'm being careful - keeping it moist, under the same lights as my neps, highland temps, RO water, etc. And nothing.
So how long does it take you guys to get green out of this stuff? I'm about to give up on it for good.