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    Be sure to wash your Sphagnum Peat Moss! Just today I was bored and decided to see if the sand in the peat that I always use was clear. To my amazment when I washed about three hand fulls of Peat, quite alot of sand came out. The color of the sand was tanish with mixed particles of black, and other colors. Then I added the vinegar to the sand to see if it bubbled, and sure enough it did! The bubbles contained in the sand was not air since the air bubbles were shaken out; and I left the sand sitting in the vinegar for 15 min. and bubbles were still flowing out like crazy. So not all peat mosses are good. The peat that I was using was Scotts, and according to the label it is pure Sphagnum Peat moss.
    Maybe that is why most of my plants seem to prospure for a few months, then their roots die, greatly affecting the health of the plant for no apparent reason. (I always thought it was the soggy conditions!)
    Do you guys think that I should repot all of my plants in new Shultz Canadien Peat moss which has no sand which I also tested? Because I'm afraid of stressing the plants.

    Is there a difference between Canadian Peat, and Sphagnum Peat moss? Because I'm pretty sure both are made out of Sphag moss origanally.

    And one more question, what is the difference between those humongous bags of Canadien Peat moss, and those little specialty bags of Peat Moss? Is there a difference in quality? Because the prices for those smaller bags is 3.50, and one big bag containing like 5x as much is only 7.00.

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    i dunno the difference, but i will surely not use scott's moss now that I know that. i don't know if there really is a difference. i think if the plants that you were using the scott's peat moss with are not doing good then replant. i myself would replant all my pots for the safety if you know scott's can do harm to them just to be on the safe side.
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    What I do with my peat is first microwave it, then put it in a bucket of water and stir well. Stir again after a while. Then, a few hours later, the bad stuff will have sunk to the bottom, and the good peat keeps floating. I carefully grab handfulls of floating peat and squeeze it out, taking care not to stir it all up too much. When I've got most of what I can get, I dump the rest. The stuff that settles to the bottom is dark, slimy sludge. The stuff that keeps floating is springy, spongy peat.

    Since doing both of these things, I've had no problems with algae and much less moss.

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    how lond do u microwave it?
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    I microwave it when it's dry, and I have a big bowl that takes 4 minutes to really get hot. You really want to cook it! It will depend on how big your bowl is and how powerfull your microwave is. My bowl is like a big popcorn bowl or salad bowl, or like a large mixing bowl.

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    oooh ok well i found a store that doesn't sell live peat moss but they have it in bundles. i think there's a nursery that sells the live moss though.
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    wolfpackgurl, there is no live PEAT moss. Peat moss is what dead long fibered sphagnum moss turns into after a LONG time. Decades even. Pure long-fibered sphagnum moss is sold dry, or occaisionally live. The dry stuff is very light colored and stringy. Peat moss is the dark brown stuff that looks essentially like dirt.

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