That is AWESOME!! Thanks!
Hey Devon, I saw you updated the site...looks nice! I forgot to mention the pics I took were from Bete Grise Reserve, Keweenaw County, MI.
Here is another one, photo taken in the wild, so the Sphagnum is a little bit contaminated with sedges and Drosera rotundifolia:
As there are only a few red Sphagnum species, I think it's Sphagnum rubellum, but I'm not sure about.
The photo had been taken in the area of Midtjylland, Denmark. This sphagnum was growing on a south facing slope in a headwaters source region. I think the location in Northern Europe helps much to grow this species in such a nice red: Low temperatures in northern summers, and many hours of sunshine during summer because of the high latitude towards the Polar Circle.
I don't have red sphagnum in my own mini-bogs, but as I have heard from other growers in Germany, even in outdoor cultivation the red type sphagnum does not grow as red as it does in nature.
Jesse, wait until you see Sphagnum magellanicum for the Southeast, US! It's even redder than S. rubellum. I'll put some more Sphagnum photos up here soon.
Wow nice red sphagnum! It looks like it would make great nepenthes seed media with its compact structure.
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It would be great for seed germination. I've been finding a lot of compact growers lately. S. compactum is even more compact. We didn't even think it was Sphagnum when we first found it.