User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast
Results 17 to 24 of 53

Thread: DavidA's plants

  1. #17
    DavidA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    I wouldn't even bother trying to do anything with that stuff you bought. It will not regrow, won't support live sphagnum and is lethal to cp's. Just toss it.
    Already done. I was talking about the Better-Gro Chilean stuff.

  2. #18
    Whimgrinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    3,875
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Zoo Med does have sphagnum but that's not it. I don't know why they claim it is on the box but I assure you that it isn't. I'm not sure exactly what species it is (probably one of the "evergreen mosses") but , that stuff will be certain death for cp's.
    +1: whatever that sh*t, is! it ain't Sphagnum and you shouldn't use it in a CP soil mix.

  3. #19
    Whimgrinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    3,875
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you want to generate a live Sphagnum culture, you will be way ahead of the game to start with a handful if live stuff. I can send you a "starter pack" for the cost of shipping, if you like. I've got buckets of the stuff!

    See:
    Last edited by Whimgrinder; 01-04-2014 at 07:47 PM.

  4. #20
    DavidA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You know what, I think I'll take you up on that one. I'll send you a PM. I've already dumped the mystery moss. I thought about keeping it for a while to see what it would grow into, but I don't want to chance accidentally using the wrong stuff.

    Damn nice collection you have BTW. I really like the ones at the end with the spiked/ridged fronts.

  5. #21
    DavidA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Got some of that sphagnum and I got it soaking in some water now.



    After I got it situated and I took a look at my plants to see if they needed any water. Guess what I saw?





    My capensis is starting to make dew! Not only that...





    The little sucker has caught itself a fly!

  6. #22
    DavidA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    61
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Update: It got another!



    This little guy is turning into a lean, mean bug eating machine.

  7. #23
    heatherfeather knows the weather! lil hokie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Piedmont Triad, NC
    Posts
    639
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congrats! Your new addiction has begun!!

  8. #24
    Hello, I must be going... Not a Number's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    7,506
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The quality of the last batch of the Better-Gro Orchid Moss (Chilean Sphagnum Moss) I bought 2-3 years has gone down considerably since the last batch from 5-6 years ago. Even that was down from the batch I bought previous to it. The quality of the last batch is only slightly better than the Mosser-Lee (US domestic Sphagnum moss) from 7-8 years ago. By extrapolation in a few years the Better-Gro stuff will be junk also. The last batch is full of twigs, leaves and even full plants of grass including roots.

    Here's some of the domestic stuff from 2006



    Here is the Better-Gro stuff on the left from the batch from 5-6 years ago, the right from the batch 2-3 years ago. Note the twigs etc set to the outside of the moss.


    5-6 year old batch:

    2-3 year old


    Side by side sample of both batches


    The majority of the newer batch consists of the scrawny strands like in the right middle. There is also 5-10x as much twigs, leaves and grass in the newer compared to the older batch. There are also more "blackened" strands which I discard.



    Enjoy it while you can. Sphagnum is a dwindling resource. I urge you to try to cultivate live moss from these packages and drying out your own strands when long fiber sphagnum moss is needed.
    Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.

Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •