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Thread: Boiling spagnum?

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    Did you check the Oxford dictionary site I posted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Did you check the Oxford dictionary site I posted?
    :O I guess you learn something new everyday.

    Every person I've talked to and in all the videos I've seen, people have always pronounced it spagnum.

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    Sphagnum is a genus of mosses, there isn't a regional difference in spelling, it's a scientific name. It may be called that way colloquially (I've never personally heard it pronounced Spagnum here).
    I've always heard and read Sphagnum
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    Sphagnum, pronounced as if spelled with an f; I've never heard it said any other manner. And yes, the important part here is that the spelling is a scientifically correct and accepted genus/general species name, and misspelling it either can cause irritation and arguments (as it has to an extent here) or mislead others, which is a terrible thing to do in a hobby already rampant in misidentification and incorrect terminology, and to say it with a similarity to the proper spelling will help avoid that. Some things are tolerated, but if someone notes the proper it is respectable to at least listen.

    In regard to the original question asked: anything in the sphagnum that isn't removed by boiling is probably more of a concern than what is; minerals and excess nutrients are going to stay in there, and after boiling the cell walls of the moss are going to be further broken down, allowing other undesirables to colonize faster and capitalize on the now more accessible nutrients there. Better, if you're concerned with impurities, to soak and rinse the moss first before you use it.
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    Ok, it looks like I was wrong. No hard feelings, eh. I shall from now on pronounce and spell the word as sphagnum. Thanks for the help with whether or not to boil the sphagnum. It looks like I won't boil it. Again thanks.

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