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    How is milled sphagnum as a growing medium?

    I ran some LFS through a food processor yesterday, and found the resulting mix much spongier and less prone to compaction than peat as i flushed it through with water.

    I mixed up about a gallon of medium that is 2:1:1 milled spagnum/peat/coarse quartz sand.

    I have discovered, since I got a TDS meter, that the peat bale i was using was incredibly high in mineral content. After rehydrating, inital runoff water measured typically several hundred PPM.
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    It's fantabulous, IMHO, especially for germinating Drosera seed(and other CP).
    Tamlin made the same discovery you did about peat(Where can you get a TDS meter that is not a POS like mine?) and soaks/rinses his peat very well before use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (The Griffin @ Oct. 26 2005,12:32)](Where can you get a TDS meter that is not a POS like mine?)
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    I'm thinking of making a mix of milled sphagnum, and mulched (i.e. - also run through food processor) pine needles. Coursely chopped, the needles should improve aeration, and provide acidity. Plus, it'll be a mix very similar to the pine/sphagnum fields where these plants often grow.

    Perhaps a mix of 9:1 milled sphagnum/mulched pine needles.
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    I use milled sphag to root all of my neps. I use it almost exclusively in my nep mixes (instead of LFS) and I have also used it in other cp (and orchid) mixes in place of some of the peat - mine is very high in TDS also (thank god for the cheap TDS meters now available!). The pine straw mix is an interesting idea.
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