My lab is considering doing some research on carbon and nitrogen cycling dynamics in Sphganum peatlands! Somewhat more specifically, as a lab component we're looking to cultivate Sphagnum (from some Wisconsin field sites) in the lab using labeled nitrogen (15N labeled ammonium and nitrate) and ultimately use it as a complex C and N source and investigate enzymatic/microbial activity. As more bogs are drained, degraded, or dry out from changing climate and hydrological factors, there is a potential for peat to start degrading at an accelerated rate and be a big source of more greenhouse gases.
I have access to journals (and google, before someone LMGTFYs me) but I figure TF is a pretty diverse body of anecdotes and experience with literature. I've grown Sphagnum incidentally or intentionally for more than a decade, but I've never really tried to optimize it, so this could be a fun little project.
Since just about all of us have at least some experience/interest in cultivating sphag, I figured I would see if anyone had some resources to recommend. So, I'd love to hear from you all: what're your references, thoughts, and tricks for cultivating?