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    Question Red Sphagnum Moss

    Hi,
    Awhile back i got some all red sphagnum moss off e bay. It was all red when i got it but as it started to grow it turned green and has not returned to red. It gets plenty of light moister etc. anyone ever have the same problem?.


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    I guess it needs more light.

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    may have been grown indoors under lights. Probably bright lights at that!
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    According to Av8tor1 the general rule of thumb is the more colorful the species the more light it needs to maintain the color else it turns green:

    http://geocities.com/butchtincher/

    According to this site red Sphagnum is like litmus paper and turns red in acidic conditions. Take a bit and add a touch of vinegar and see what happens:

    http://www.botanik.univie.ac.at/~temsch/basics.html
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    Cool Red Sphagnum Moss

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    Thanks for the replays. The moss is getting plenty of light, been in the 80s and 90s here in Oregon. The moss is outside in my homemade green house. But what i have done is added 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 4 cups of rain water, will see how that works out.

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    Are you growing it on anything? Butch (Av8tor1) recommends peat. The NECPS website recommends rewetted dried LFS. I've grown it in just plain plastic with a little perlite on the bottom, LFS and peat. LFS seems to be somewhat better than peat but nothing definitive. The peat or LFS could help to raise the acidity. Live Sphagnum should raise the acidity on it's own but perhaps the added acidity from the peat or LFS might help.
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    Hi,
    The first tray didn't have any peat, but i just now started the other tray with about a 1/4 of peat in the bottom and added the treated water. I sure would like to get some live NewZealand Moss and try it.

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