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    How do you remove pests from live Sphagnum?

    I have lots of Sphagnum growing in my pots outside - not as much inside. I want to bring some cuttings in, but I'm wary of bringing pests into a warm, sheltered environment. There's already a population of miniature slugs that are constantly messing up my smaller plants, not to mention some obnoxious earthworms.
    So, does anyone have a method for getting an aseptic culture of Sphagnum? Once I tried to wash some with rubbing alcohol, and it kind of worked, but I think I didn't rinse it enough afterwards because there was lots of die-off a few days later. Any tips would be great.
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    You could submerge the moss underwater for 3 days....will drown anything living in it and the moss will probably enjoy it anyway.
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    i dont think that would kill snail eggs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taliesin-DS View Post
    i dont think that would kill snail eggs
    You don't think they would suffocate due to lack of oxygen?
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    Microwaving should get rid of just about anything.

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    nope, i dont think those eggs + the slime around it let through much oxygen anyway, it would prllly kill the young snails that happen to hatch underwater though.

    Wouldnt microwaving also kill the moss ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Microwaving should get rid of just about anything.
    Including the live sphagnum.........
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Microwaving should get rid of just about anything.
    Including the live Sphagnum. XD
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    Including the live sphagnum.........
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