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    sphagnum

    when trying to growing sphagnum outdoor, in shade, would it be a bad idea to cover it up? or at least partially cover it up
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    If it is in shade you don't need to cover it up, the purpose of covering something up is mostly to provide shade. Shade is useful for preventing the tips of the moss from drying out, but with plenty of water you can grow the moss in full sun without this happening. Sphagnum likes water so I doubt you are covering it up to shelter it from the rain. I have two pots of sphagnum from a batch that was given me, I have them inside under flourescents and one has a base of peat moss and the other has no base, there is no difference in the growth rate between either pots.
    I've also grown sphagnum as a semi aquatic in shallow water less than 1/4".

    If the moss is new you will have to keep wetting it daily possibly several times a day until it is established. Once established moss uses less water but still keep an eye on it.
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    lol, the purpose that i wanted to cover it up is to raise humidity, thus using less water too. it doesnt rain often here. so by covering it up i mean to keep the humidity in. but that's great to hear that you dont have to cover it up either way.when you say establish do you mean it sends the sphagnum higher? or does the sphagnum dig deeper?
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    When it digs deeper. Sphagnum does not have true roots, just things that resemble roots to anchor them to the soil. Sphagnum will wick up water like a piece of rope in a glass. Sphagnum moss is established when it becomes more efficient at wicking up water from it's new home.
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    Sphagnum is an interesting beast. When you either do not want it around or simply do not care - it grows prolifically. When you dedicate a growing container to it to get some bulk - it struggles.

    While this isn't entirely true - I seem to be able to grow it inside under lights but outside, uncovered & alone - not. If it's in a Sarracenia pot outside as top dressing or simply as a part of the media - it grows like a weed.
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    yeah, i know the little thing that resemble roots that you're talking about, does it stretch deeper down like roots? or does it only keep growing up top?
    and i get what you're saying, when i try to grow it, it never grows, then when i finally gave up, it started growing...
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