I wasn't even thinking of using it with my CPs, just growing it on its own because I like how it looks. I do have one nep, though. Maybe it'd like some haircap moss.
This belongs to a good friend of mine... he's the one that got me interested in its possible use
I've also seen a picture from A. Wistuba where he used it in a simular application.
Its very pretty,
it supposedly does decently as a substrate component, but I don't have any first hand knowledge
as far as I know, its use is mainly cosmetic at this point.
Seems like a beautiful and serene place. I really gotta see CPs in the wild. >_>
wow! i will need to go
Originally Posted by lizasaur
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of the bog.
polytrichum is a beautiful genus of mosses. Although..looking at one, it is very very very hard to recognize them directly. Most mosses cannot be recognized without looking at its cell structure and most importantly its spore capsule. Either way...I do have polytrichum from different sources and one of the most common ones is polytrichum commune. The moss grows differently depending on the amount of light it gets. Most mosses in general grow in bright shade and I would assume polytrichum likes the same. It generally acts as a scaffolding moss for sphagnum when peat bogs are restored. On a layer of fresh peat...generally when spores and chopped up sphagnum from virgin bogs are scattered, polytrichum is the first to come up. Sphagnum uses this now support moss and the extra humidity to slowly gain control. The polytrichum does tend to hang on in few places, but most times sphagnum just overruns the polytrichum profusely.
Polytrichum so in general is just like sphagnum..it doesn't harm your plants and can be grown for the top dressing. However, it is notorious for suffocating seedlings and smaller plants. It should be avoided for plants like pygmy sundews and short rosetted dews in general. However, for plants like neps, it is perhaps among the most beautiful ground cover that you can encourage. THe moss is also different in the sense that its a very stringy moss...it doesn't compact like sphagnum and has a lot of air packets in it. This makes it ideal for nep media mixes as well. ALthough, from experience, I have found that it tends to be extra open forcing you to water the plant a lot more regularly than other mixes.
Look what popped up in my planter today. I'm debating moving it to a place with less light, out of my planter with sarrs and liverworts and other moss.
It looks like the tips are browning. That's why I might move it to a shadier spot, but I'm afraid. I don't want this to die.