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Thread: Mosser Lee's Long-Fibered Sphagnum Moss

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    Same as fryster here. I got a bag of it before I found the better gro chilean stuff at Lowes, and now I just use the mosser lee in the bottom of bots, and the good stuff whenever I use it for a soil. The mosser lee probably will work just about as well, it just seems to have a lot of junk in it, doesn't fluff up as well, and seems to decompose faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    On every occasion that I have used that particular brand, I had to spend a good amount of time cleaning it from all manner of detritus (and once filled a quart bag or two with leaves and twigs). I would rather splurge on the better-value New Zealand or Chilean varieties of sphagnum which are now widely available online from both CP and orchid nurseries . . .

    Same here, after using it a couple times I'm done with it. Very tedious to get to the usable stuff, plus I don't care for it's very dark color. Only the NZ or Chilean for me now.

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    That settles it! I'm buying the stuff from Lowes. Just don't tell anybody!

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    Keep buying the NZ & Chilean moss and eventually their sources will be depleted too and what's left to sell will look like Mosser Lee.
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    I use the mosser lee stuff all the time in my nep mix and to wrap sarracenia rhizomes in and will be using it to sow my sarr seeds on.

    I admit that it certainly isn't a pretty as the better gro brand, but its cheap and gets the job done. I will also add that I do perfer the better gro brand if I am going to pot something in straight LFS, but since it is just an additive for me I don't sweat it.
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    If you can believe wikipedia, NZ is harvesting sphagnum sustainably.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphagnum#Conservation

    It hasn't cited any sources, so I can't say how reliable that information is, but one can hope, right?
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    When I was in Australia, this past Sept., I had the oppurtunity to tour a large wholesale nursery. The quality of their NZlfsm was similar to the Mosser lee stuff but was blond in color.Lots of twigs, leaves and it didn't smell bad llike M L's does
    I won't use Mosser Lee's as I can smell the molg in it.I know it is supposed to be sterile, I have my doubts, let it sit for a few days and you can smell the anaerobic bacteria growing in it.
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    New Zealand underwent a big political change ~20 years ago (I think) and sold out a lot of their their social and environmental interests for the benefit of business. That doesn't mean their sphagnum harvest isn't sustainable, but it does mean we shouldn't assume the government makes any serious effort to ensure the harvest is sustainable. I sure hope it's sustainable because there's no reason to think Chilean sources do anything short of strip-mining the stuff. Chile was given away to business interests years ago.
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