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    Anyone here fertilise live sphagnum?

    Sup all, the person i bought my live sphagnum from over a year ago said i could fertilise it with diluted fertiliser, and it really helped.

    he didn't go into any detail about what fertilisers to use... what dilutions, and how much to apply though, so, has anyone else tried doing this with any success?

    thanks

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    MaxSea 16:16:16, at 2.5 ml per 3.8 liters of water (1/2 tsp / gallon) has been touted as beneficial for the growth of live sphagnum. The drawback, in many cases, is an all too common algal bloom within the pots, since algae too benefits from fertilizers . . .
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    I grow my sphagnum in little tubs, and harvest it to use as top dressing as needed. I make the Maxsea 16:16:16 dilution that BigBella mentioned above, and put it into a spray bottle (Don't forget to label the spray bottle!). I spray the sphagnum with it a few times a month. I've been doing it for about a year and haven't noticed any ill effects. If I notice any moss growth I just pluck it out.

    Every once in a while (a couple times a year) I'll flood my sphagnum moss cultures in their tubs with distilled water, run my fingers through the top layer of moss a little bit, dump the water out, then refill the tub with distilled water to maintain an adequate water level. I haven't done any "tests" to see if it is really necessary but it makes me feel like I'm helping the system to flush out excess minerals from the fertilizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radagast View Post
    I grow my sphagnum in little tubs, and harvest it to use as top dressing as needed. I make the Maxsea 16:16:16 dilution that BigBella mentioned above, and put it into a spray bottle (Don't forget to label the spray bottle!). I spray the sphagnum with it a few times a month. I've been doing it for about a year and haven't noticed any ill effects. If I notice any moss growth I just pluck it out.
    I do something similar with the tubs and flush them frequently. If I don't, I get cultures overrun with the aforementioned algae . . .
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    Is that stuff similar to seasol? i have never seen it avaliable in my country, and just got 0 hits from googling.

    i have tried growing in tubs, currently my best results have been by growing them on a layer of peat/sand moss, a few inches deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mufasa View Post
    Is that stuff similar to seasol? i have never seen it avaliable in my country, and just got 0 hits from googling.
    MaxSea is a granular seaweed-containing fertilizer, with Osmocote-like beads within. Seasol, as I recall from Australia, is a liquid seaweed fertilizer. Try a bit of that at 1:4 strength . . .
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    Might have to create a test culture, so i don't kill too much if it turns out to be terrible lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mufasa View Post
    Might have to create a test culture, so i don't kill too much if it turns out to be terrible lol
    Alternatively, you could try 1:4 strength 30:10:10 orchid fertilizers; and they are fairly common, worldwide. I used it for some years without any ill effects to live sphagnum moss . . .
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