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    Man! I was way off.

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    Um... the tips can get black if it gets over 100 (live in a house with no AC) or if I forget to keep the water level up on the peat. I've got it in this little tub that I covered with a gallon baggie (sliced down both sides). I punched some holes in the cover so it could breathe and placed it under my lights. I gets no sunlight and just does what it does best. *shrugs*

    Trying to rebuild. Feel free to PM me with questions.

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    [QUOTE=dashman;933533]Jim,

    Does yours grow? Mine always seems to rot when it is that wet. But I do grow mine indoors without the assistance of sunlight and fresh air to stave off those pesky mold spores and algae plumes (spellling?).[QUOTE]

    That's a new bag, but I've never had any go bad. I use it mainly for my pots and packing.

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    EdaxFlamma,
    Nice. I love that kind of sphagnum.

    I had read that sphagnum can soak up the peat or something and cause the tips to turn black. Is that incorrect? I used perlite for that reason and honestly have never tried a layer of peat.

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    I've always used a thin layer of peat and never seen this "black tip" thing so I'd assume that's incorrect...

    i've bit hit or miss on getting spores to grow out of dead LFS but i' have had it work... and with time and patience you can use that to get a whole colony.

    its probably easier though to buy some and chop it up and grow it out so you have a good growing stock...

    I have 3 or 4 tubs with LFSM growing so I've always got some available its very handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    EdaxFlamma,
    Nice. I love that kind of sphagnum.

    I had read that sphagnum can soak up the peat or something and cause the tips to turn black. Is that incorrect? I used perlite for that reason and honestly have never tried a layer of peat.
    The tips of the sphagnum are blackened -- burned by harsh or intense sunlight; the peat doesn't affect a thing . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    In nature, peat is underneath the living LFS. Peat is the dead version of LFS.

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    Yep, not sure why I thought that, but I did! Now I know.

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