User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 14

Thread: Repotting and eradication of moss

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    975
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been busy repotting my plants and trying to eradicate (or at least control) non-sphagnous mosses in my indoor greenhouse.

    This typically involves bare-rooting the plant in question (I even did this with a U. calycifida and a U. tridentata tonight), repotting in fresh medium, and innoculating with a generous dose of live sphagnum (this seems to retard non-sphagnous moss growth).

    I get one or two pots done each night... I should be done by the end of February! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    My Grow List

    "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." -- Stephen Hawking

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Riverhead, NY
    Posts
    15
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I understand that many non-sphagnous mosses can be detrimental to CP growth, yet some seem to be okay. I love mosses in my terrarium. Should I treat all non sphagnous species as pests? Do you know of a good moss ID book or site? Or a list of mosses that are CP safe or unsafe?

    Sorry to bother you with all these questions.

    Thanks,[I]
    Todd


    ...and on the 8th day, they bulldozed it.

  3. #3
    chloroplast's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    824
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Or a list of mosses that are CP safe or unsafe?
    Almost any moss species typically found growing in CP pots are "safe" if they are kept under control. Carpets of moss can prevent the growth of algae and fungus on the surface of moist media, so I usually allow them to grow but thin them out on occasion. Likewise, almost any moss can be CP "unsafe" if allowed to smother a pot--especially for small CPs such as pygmy dews, genlisea, utrics and some pings.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I get one or two pots done each night... I should be done by the end of February!
    I have the same speed when sowing seed! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] Well, I always tell myself it's always better to do it right the first time. Have fun transplanting the rest. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Secretary, New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECPS) http://www.necps.org/
    Member, International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS)
    Member, North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC)
    Member, The Carnivorous Plant Society (CPS)

  4. #4
    War. War never changes. Est's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Champaign, IL
    Posts
    3,935
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    One method used by some experienced growers is to weather the pot and media. The idea is to prepare the pot and media at an early date and letting it sit outside where rain will remove trace minerals (though it wouldn't hurt to wash your media beforehand) and allow any problems (such as algae) to arise so that you don't need to deal with it when there's a plant in there! Using this method you can, at the very least, select the pots with the least contamination for use in transplanting.

    Fighting contamination can be a pain, and if you're really serious about reducing contamination of algae and bryophytes, this's a good method to keep in mind. Keep fighting the good fight! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    \(_o)/ ಠ_ಠ
    My Growlist
    NASC Website Come join in on the fun!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    975
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Est @ Feb. 01 2006,9:57)]One method used by some experienced growers is to weather the pot and media. The idea is to prepare the pot and media at an early date and letting it sit outside where rain will remove trace minerals (though it wouldn't hurt to wash your media beforehand) and allow any problems (such as algae) to arise so that you don't need to deal with it when there's a plant in there! Using this method you can, at the very least, select the pots with the least contamination for use in transplanting.

    Fighting contamination can be a pain, and if you're really serious about reducing contamination of algae and bryophytes, this's a good method to keep in mind. Keep fighting the good fight! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    That is what I am doing now.

    My preferred medium is ~2/3 long-fiber sphagnum, 1/3 peat.

    I set my peat out in a large, drained pot where it gets lots of rain to wash out impurities. I use this peat, mixed with the LFS, and mill them together in an old food processor with lots of rain water. I then add a large handful of finely cut dried pine needle straw (cut into ~5 mm segments), and mix well. I wring the water out of it a handful at a time, and pick out larger wood chips and debris. For mixes that need to be very well-drained and airy, I cut in half with perlite.

    Then I fill my pots with this mix, innoculate with live sphagnum, and set in greenhouse flats outside to be battered by the elements, and washed by rain. When the sphagnum covers the pots, they're ready.
    My Grow List

    "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." -- Stephen Hawking

  6. #6
    War. War never changes. Est's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Champaign, IL
    Posts
    3,935
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Very cool, Scotty! Thanks for laying out your method. I gotta get my hands on some sphagnum so I can start trying mixes of my own. So, you feel that the pine needles help out the plants?
    \(_o)/ ಠ_ಠ
    My Growlist
    NASC Website Come join in on the fun!

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    975
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Est @ Feb. 02 2006,6:35)]Very cool, Scotty! Thanks for laying out your method. I gotta get my hands on some sphagnum so I can start trying mixes of my own. So, you feel that the pine needles help out the plants?
    I need to run a controlled experiment, but I know that pine needles acidify soil as they decompose, and many temperate species grow best alongside pine trees, so it stands to reason.
    My Grow List

    "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." -- Stephen Hawking

  8. #8
    rattler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    missing, presumed dead
    Posts
    8,554
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    sorry Scott but i find your post REALLY funny.............

    ive got two hobbies going that are at odds with one another, with CPs moss is generally bad, but im trying my darndest to get different mosses to grow in my frog tanks, i hit a happy medium, i let the mosses grow out in the CP pots than i mostly de-moss them and introduce the moss to different frog tanks. ive got about 6 different moss species growing in my CP pots not including sphagnum, so ive got a nice variety in my frog tanks. so Scott, if yah want to make demossing the CP pots so its not so much of a chore get yourself some dart frogs, so the moss has a purpose [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
    cervid serial killer
    Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety
    I didn't get stimulated but he kept his promise on change, that's about all I got left!
    http://www.wolfpointherald.com/--http://www.safety-brite.net/

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •