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    I get Sphagnum to germinate most successfully when it is milled and kept humid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    I get Sphagnum to germinate most successfully when it is milled and kept humid.
    I've read that a few times. Does that just maximize the surface area for it to sprout? I know that with some organisms that can be propagated, cutting them will encourage them to grow faster. Is that the reason?

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    It seems like it just germinates more easily. I have never gotten dead sphagnum to germinate if it is whole, but if it is milled in a seedling pot, it germinates within a few weeks.

    Perhaps it releases more spores that are captured deep inside the LFS?

    To mill it, I just grind it over a tennis racket when its dry.

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    Milling releases spores. Sphagnum is also a non vascular plant, so it can grow back from much simpler structures than vascular plants.

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    I went outside to the glass tank of sphagnum in my greenhouse and balled up the sphagnum, then twisted, repositioned it, twisted again, and so on. I would say the particles are now 1/10 of the size they used to be. I'll try the tennis racket idea. In my terrarium currently containing my neps, I have two little containers of dead sphagnum which have been kept very moist for the past few weeks. I ground those up to the consistency of pulp and I'll see what happens.

    The sphagnum that is outside is currently experiencing 40F nights and 70F days with about two or three hours of sunlight. Would sprouting conditions be better there, or inside under a 40w 5000k ightbulb in 60F night temperatures and 70F day temperatures? So basically, temperature over lighting. And the moister might be able to control better inside. Any thoughts?

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    Update Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss

    Update: after 2 months there are thousand of new tiny shoots.




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