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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    Now is this just any old dry sphagnum you get? Or are you chopping up sphagnum that is living still, or what?

    Also, would a food processor get the job done?
    I get a specific brand called orchid moss, but thats only because I really love the
    Texture and quality of their moss. Its dried and packed into bricks at lowes.

    The finer you chop it, the better off you are. I bet a food processor would do the trick, but Ive
    Never tried that method. I usually use a pair of scissors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    Circulating water is not necessary for successful Sphagnum culture, no. High humidity and a generous, reliable supply of very clean water is, though.
    Growing Sphagnum Moss
    I agree with everything on this website except where it talks about how far you should spread the sphagnum. The closer together it is, the better it grows in my experience, especially if grown in low humidity.

    I used better gro moss from lowes to plant my adelae and I noticed sphagnum starting to grow from spores. I carefully picked the sphagnum with a pair of forceps and placed all the little heads together in the plastic cup with a baggie where my hamiltonii are. The small heads are starting to mature and "branch", I am really excited to be able to grow Chilean moss finally.

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    If you have time to read, try this

    http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/resources/fletcher.pdf
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    I've posted about this before, and to me the people with the best sphag I have seen have a system where sphagnum is wet by a sort of misting or flood system. That's why I am planning on buying a mistking. Not only will it help with the sphag, but it will also help cool my setup and with my neps. I am not saying sphag can't be grown without a misting system, it just seems to grow better with one.

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    Thanks so much for these responses!

    Has anybody noticed effects of temperature on growth of Sphagnum? Do they tend to grow with more vigor in cooler temps? I think I have noticed wild Sphagnum with brighter colors in the fall and the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
    Thanks so much for these responses!

    Has anybody noticed effects of temperature on growth of Sphagnum? Do they tend to grow with more vigor in cooler temps? I think I have noticed wild Sphagnum with brighter colors in the fall and the spring.
    That depends whether you're talking about a temperate species, or a tropical one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
    Thanks so much for these responses!

    I think I have noticed wild Sphagnum with brighter colors in the fall and the spring.
    That could possibly be because it is growing where it wants to be rather than where you want it to be.
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