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    I was just wondering, under what conditions does Sphagnum moss grow the best? Thanks in advance!



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    It can depend on which species of Sphagnum it is, but I generally keep mine very wet to floating in water and with good light they grow quite well. Generally they seem to enjoy the same conditions as most CP.



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    Sundewd, I grow Sphagnum in my indoor enclosure
    and outside on my patio in shallow trays. Plant pot
    saucers, the plastic trays that TV dinners come in, or
    the containers that meat is packaged in from the grocery
    store (sterilized first). About any kind or size will work.
    I grow it just about the same way that PM does.

    Put an inch (3 cm) of peat or peat/sand mix in the tray for it
    to grow into. Float it as PM stated, but don't let it stay
    that way all the time as it may develop odors from the
    protozoans and other micro-organisms living in there, so
    let the water level go down to where it is very moist before
    adding water again. It's also beneficial to flood and drain it
    a couple of times every month or two to remove some of
    the waste products created by the aforementioned micros
    and, as you know, always wash your hands thoroughly
    after handling Sphagnum.

    In my enclosure under 6 flourescents, it does best placed
    about 12" to 14" (30cm to 36cm) below the tubes. I have
    kept it closer to the lights and it turns a yellowish color
    and further away, it becomes a dark green color. At 14",
    it is about the same color as a VFT's leaves which is what
    it looks like in the wild.

    Outside, simply grow it in bright shade or filtered sunlight.
    The cultures that I keep on my patio have been above
    100* F (32* C) and as low as 17* F (8* C) with no
    problems except for the colder the temperature, the slower
    it grows.

    Alan










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    i'm about to recieve some Sphagnum, i heard that they like cool conditions , i hope mines will end up like yours allandallas .




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    what kind of Sphagnum are you guys using to start with? i'm trying this as we speak, using milled Sphagnum moss. will that work, or should i be using something else like dried lfs?

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    Please note that the correct spelling is Sphagnum. I know that they are just mosses, but they deserve their name spelled correctly too.

    Thank you.



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    You are absolutely right and I stand corrected.
    Thanks for bringing the spelling to my attention. I actually
    know how to spell the word, but obviously I didn't type it
    correctly. I fully agree with you about the due respect
    that should be given to Sphagnum (and all Bryophytes),
    considering the fact that each and every one of them play
    a very important role within their respective ecosystems.
    Imagine woodlands, forests, bogs or swamps without them.

    Goldtrap2690 and Technoracer, there are a lot a variables
    to expect when growing any kind of plant. If you know it's
    origin, you are off to a good start. Canadian Sphagnum will,
    of course do best in a cooler environment, but keep in mind
    that mosses are fairly simple non-vascular plants and are
    highly adaptable to different conditions. I have read that
    milled and lfs will both grow if soaked and given very
    bright light and high humidity. Experimenting with different
    conditions is the key. The ones that I grow came from a
    warm-temperate climate, and enjoy those conditions.
    Hope this helps and good luck.

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    Quote (alandallas @ Feb. 21 2003,8:50)
    Sundewd, I grow Sphagnum in my indoor enclosure
    and outside on my patio in shallow trays. Plant pot
    saucers, the plastic trays that TV dinners come in, or
    the containers that meat is packaged in from the grocery
    store (sterilized first). About any kind or size will work.
    I grow it just about the same way that PM does.

    Put an inch (3 cm) of peat or peat/sand mix in the tray for it
    to grow into. Float it as PM stated, but don't let it stay
    that way all the time as it may develop odors from the
    protozoans and other micro-organisms living in there, so
    let the water level go down to where it is very moist before
    adding water again. It's also beneficial to flood and drain it
    a couple of times every month or two to remove some of
    the waste products created by the aforementioned micros
    and, as you know, always wash your hands thoroughly
    after handling Sphagnum.

    In my enclosure under 6 flourescents, it does best placed
    about 12" to 14" (30cm to 36cm) below the tubes. I have
    kept it closer to the lights and it turns a yellowish color
    and further away, it becomes a dark green color. At 14",
    it is about the same color as a VFT's leaves which is what
    it looks like in the wild.

    Outside, simply grow it in bright shade or filtered sunlight.
    The cultures that I keep on my patio have been above
    100* F (32* C) and as low as 17* F (8* C) with no
    problems except for the colder the temperature, the slower
    it grows.

    Alan





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