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    Growing Sphagnum

    I haven't came across too many threads on this topic so I thought I would share the things I have had the most success with.

    I put my spare sphagnum in a large orchid basket that has a few holes drilled in the bottom and is filled with about 1-2 inches of perlite. The perlite is to keep the sphagnum just above the water line.

    Next, I place the basket in a tray of water and fill at or below the perlite. This insures that the sphagnum is not submerged for extended periods but has plenty of water.

    Under heavy flourescent lights, I find that I have had plenty of sphagnum to top dress many pots and also have some handy nurseries availble for various cuttings.

    Here is a pic of my sphagnum garden/CP Nursery complete with red and green sphagnum. I just received the red and would really like to split it into two baskets if I only had the room. Under these conditions, sparse areas become dense in a matter of weeks.


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    I too use live sphagnum a great deal, especially as a top dressing for Nepenthes, Cephalotus, and Heliamphora -- and as a component in mixes for most plants. While it is now far more common to obtain in its live form, I have always had good luck with the germination of spores in the dried New Zealand sphagnum. The live moss I raise outdoors in undrained germination trays and keep partially submerged.

    Here was a thread of mine from Summer 2008: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...light=bigbella
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    It must be a west coast thing. I too have had sphagnum spontaneously start growing from dried. But only from material received from other forum members. The kind I buy here has never once sprouted anything green. I get it in the compressed sheets that you wouldn't even think was sphagnum until you add water and the material blows up like a ballon. I am talking compressed! So much so that it looks like a piece of particle board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    It must be a west coast thing. I too have had sphagnum spontaneously start growing from dried. But only from material received from other forum members. The kind I buy here has never once sprouted anything green. I get it in the compressed sheets that you wouldn't even think was sphagnum until you add water and the material blows up like a ballon. I am talking compressed! So much so that it looks like a piece of particle board.
    Perhaps that compressed sphagnum is processed all to hell ( I think that I have seen it before), but the standard New Zealand or Chilean sphagnum all seem to "sprout" -- regardless of any and all sterilization claims. Both are readily available online from most carnivorous plant and orchid suppliers . . .
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    I have a bag's with in a tub on the porch. I toss leaves and sundew seeds in there:

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    I just got one of those plastic tubs about the size of a shoebox and plopped some standard peat in the bottom. After that I just shred a few live moss plugs over the wet peat, cover it, and it takes off like gangbusters. I'll try and get a pic later today.
    Trying to rebuild. Feel free to PM me with questions.

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    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 plooms (spellling?).

    EdaxFlamma,
    That sounds like a good method as well. Does your moss get black tips as a result of the lower layer of peat?

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    "Algal blooms . . ."

    Indoor growing with insufficient light and arir movement poses the biggest problem with cultivating sphagnum, considering their high moisture requirements; and I was only truly successful growing it outdoors in full sun where it outstripped any algae that managed to form . . .
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