lol! yeah! that is not sphagnum....but I actually PLANTED by hand some of that moss into my ceph pot. LMAO! But my media is very very airy so the moss cannot plug it up. I would definately take a small tweezers and slowly remove the moss.
I have that type of moss growing on my Cephalotus compost and it has done no harm at all. Personally I like the look of it and given the right conditions it will completely cover the surface which is better looking that the perlite you usually see. Attempting to remove it will probably be unsuccessful because it will re-grow from even the tiniest remaining piece, plus you run the risk of disturbing the Cephalotus.
I too had the same issue with one of my Cephs, so I repotted it, and put sand on the surface of the media to minimize the chance of it happening again. I find Cephs to be a lot hardier than given credit for (even their root systems).
My moss had gotten way too outta control, and it made a clump at the surface of the soil thereby inhibiting drainage.
I hate that moss I remove it when I see it ...
Heres My Ceph Before Repotting:
The sand also helps to prevent the Perlite from rising to the top when watering (On top of inhibiting moss growth).
You are keeping the media a little too moist and conducive for moss growth. The moss in my pots grows on the slopes of the mound of media. In that way, they don't grow as tall as the Cephs.
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Anyone seen Cephs in the wild? I have seen from photos that they grow in mats of moss.
Btw, I love the look of moss around my Cephs!
I think it's probably all down to aesthetics, if you don't mind the look of it then leave it as it'll do no harm. Plants growing in the wild are often surrounded by mosses and grasses, not a sterile looking peat, sand and perlite ground.
I don't mind it but it has been steadily creeping into the cephalotus. I looked at the ceph just now, theres maybe 3 pitchers still visible.
The moss is growing realy well cause I'm fertilizing the pot. The moss wasnt doing much at all before I started fertilizing. Lol... my ceph isnt benefitting from any fertilizer, cause the moss eats all!