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Thread: Live Sphagnum moss or Not for Ceph's

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    Live Sphagnum moss or Not for Ceph's

    So here is my question, I have live sphagnum growing in small patches all over the place, but not in my Cephalotus pots.

    If you had the choice would you add it to your Cephalotus pots? And why?

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    one person has told me he grows his in LFS.....i dont and mine also seems to hate the carpet moss that grows in most CP pots....whenever the moss moves it my ceph starts to decline.......others have said theirs doesnt seem to care..........who knows man, ive got no real advise to give yah.........ive experienced one thing and others have experienced the exact opposite............
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    If it is smaller, I'd wait, since my Live LFS was starting to outgrow my baby ceph at one point. I've read that Live sphag encourages the plant to branch out and gives the rhizome (or whatever you call the big upper root thing) just the right amt. of moisture. I grow my ceph in a mix with around 80% long fibered (dead) sphagnum and 20% peat/sand/a little charcoal. At the top and throughout the mix, I added Live Sphagnum.
    However, I've seen specimens growing in pure peat/sand that are enormous and they look just the same as cephs growing with live lfs.
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    If I was to add the moss I would remove some of the top soil then add the moss to replace the old soil. Or I could just wait for my next divisions. Its just the moss is right there, mocking me!

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    live lfs definitely optimises humidity.

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    As Rattler said, as ten ppl and you will get ten opinions....

    that being said, Ceph pitchers can live for a year or longer.. by that time LFS (edit: Live LFS) easily overtakes the ones on the lower levels of the clump, causing nothing but problems

    What few times Ive tried live sphag with cephs ... Ive regretted it every time,
    Been there and done that

    So I vote a big No
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    I also vote No on the LFS...same as above.
    I even go to the other extreme and try to prevent enything from growing (except the ceph) by adding a layer of small graded gravel on top...it works just fine for me!
    Also i didn't have any problems growing them in low humidity.
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    I'm not worried about the humidity they are in with the orchids. I'll just leave them as is for now. They are growing so why bother them without a ton of people telling me how good live sphagnum is.

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