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Thread: How does one rinse sand?

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    Thanks, JimScott. What is really confusing to me, as a newbie, is that some people who know what they're talking about say rinsing sand is unnecessary, and other people who know what they're talking about say rinsing sand is necessary!

    The same goes for the medium you're supposed to grow the dang things in, in the first place.
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    Why would anyone rinse sphagnum?

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    The sand at H.D., et al may contain chemicals used for making them safe fo children's usage, but unsafe for CP's. It's kinda like cleaning new dishes before usage. There is usually 'dust' of some sort with all the media and better to be safe. Also, it cuts down on unwanted mosses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LauraZ5 @ May 08 2005,11:09)]Why would anyone rinse sphagnum?
    It reduces the amount of minerals that may be found in some sphagnum. Also, while what is supposed to be in the bag is "Pure Canadian Sphagnum", it is not unheard of to find time released fertilizer pellets or those moisture retaining crystals. I have found both of these things in my (supposedly) "Pure Canadian Sphagnum".
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    So far so good and I haven't found any time released fertilizer pellets or moisture retaining crystals. Now I understand why people would rinse their sphagnum.

    One quick comment, I went to go pick up a few bales of sphagnum peat. All I could get was 3 small over priced bales and they commented that they have several shipments on back order that they don't think will be coming in. The nursery manager said there was a shortage on Canadian peat this year. Ugh. If this is true, best to stock up now if at all possible. It appears there may be some validity to his statement as I can't find large bales anywhere and my regular haunts are telling me that they only received partial shipments and that nobody in the general area has the large bales. A sphagnum peat shortage will affect us all and the guy pretty much told me that what he had was all that was left and they couldn't even request a transfer from another store if they ran out as there was such a shortage of inventory.

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    From what I hear...Spaghnum peat bogs in Canada are becoming scarce, and over-harvested. Time to find a new medium, perhaps? If so..what would that be?
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    A lot of people use perlite, orchid bark, and pumice.

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