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    Quote Originally Posted by i<3carnivores View Post
    Just to be clear, what is the actual brand of "premium canadian" moss? >.>
    I will have to get back to you on this one since it is currently not in my apartment but rather at my parents' backyard. I have no place here to wash it

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    I use both layers for my plants....a good soaking or two seems to take care of most of the sheet moss issues. As far as nutrients in it go...I actually prize that fine dark peat for use in my nep mixes.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    oh i think the actual name was "Premier" if i remember correctly.

    i'm glad the site has helped you gill_za and thanks for the kind words!
    yeah the fine stuff does seem to be of better quality and holds water very well. I forgot to mention that i just used a half inch layer on the top or so, with the normal stuff below.
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    Black Gold was one of the best quality stuff if you could find the bales. The small bags vary in quality but are usually better than most of the other stuff you can find.

    The higher quality tiered stuff is usually only found in large nursery suppliers and not the Home Depot type stores.

    Not matter the quality all benefit from rinsing as a lot of stray stuff gets incorporated from the milling process.

    I always top water new pots and dump the runoff into the garden or houseplants for the first month or two before letting water stand in the tray. If it's a pot that seeds are going in it gets top water flushed until the water is clear (no trace of "tea" coloration). After the seedlings are big enough to tolerate top watering they get the 1-2 month top water and dump regimen. Drosera seedling tend to benefit from a slight amount of nutrients.

    The Premier brand stuff I've used rarely grows moss unless the moss gets introduced along with the plant.
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    Er...what does tea-coloration indicate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i<3carnivores View Post
    Er...what does tea-coloration indicate?
    Acid and tanins actually...not sure why you'd want to wash it out, but whatever.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    It's a quick and dirty indicator of dissolved solids in the fresh peat moss. Most of the tea color in fresh peat moss is coming from tiny particles left over from the milling process. Since the cell walls are broken this will be the first stuff to start breaking down.

    Essentially Tamlin is doing the same thing when he lets pots flush out in the rain for several months. Rain is rare in So Cal.
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    Oooooooh.
    >.>
    <.<
    So very much makes sense now.
    /sneaks away to do all kinds of flushing and dumping of trays


    Thank you!!

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