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    Boiling spagnum?

    Good morning, terraforums. I am planning to re-pot one of my vft's soon and was planning to use some lfs that I've had sitting around. I heard that it's best to boil spagnum before using it with CP's to remove any minerals. Is there any truth to this?

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    You don't boil to remove minerals, you would do it to kill off anything growing in there you would not want in your medium. Bugs, eggs, molds, spores, ect. For example I get garden worms in my medium from my peat moss, boiling my peat would probably prevent this. Some people bake there medium in the oven or microwave it. Just make sure you don't mircowave a material you should not or cause a fire in your oven

    I used to boil all my sphagnum but now I just use too much of it too be bothered with it. Overall it would be better to boil than not too in my opinion.

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    Oh, that makes more sense. I'll boil the spagnum, since I have the time to go the trouble. Thanks.
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    Just a fyi...my wife HATED it when I boiled sphagnum
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    If you boil Sphagnum ( pronounced sfagnum) don't be surprised if you end up with an unusable soggy mess.

    RSS I find your post a little confusing. You used to boil your peat but now you don't use so much you don't bother. If there is a reason to, surely when you're not using so much is the time to do it. Now you're not boiling your peat do you get a huge amount of problems?
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    Sorry if it is confusing. Health issues can really make normal tasks quite hard.

    In the past I used very little medium so I had more time to spend on each plant. Now I have alot more plants in need of repotting and I just don't have the time or ability to do it like I want to.

    Only boil it for about 5m or so or yes you will end up breaking down the moss. You just want to kill off odd things that might be in there.

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    Unless you're having specific problems you want to try to address with boiling, why bother? It's more work, and it will likely cause the media to degrade faster.

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    I didn't think it would make the spagnum rot more quickly. Thanks for the tip about that.

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