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Thread: Red, and I mean RED, Sphagnum moss

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    Red, and I mean RED, Sphagnum moss

    I bought a pretty little Nepenthes at the latest BACPS meeting, and with it came this pretty little bonus:



    I have it in a jar, under (admittedly minimal) lighting, and it's growing!

    Now what??




    I understand that in order to get that beautiful red color it needs more light, but for now, I am happy with it just growing; I can get more light for it later, after we get the car fixed.

    After it multiplies and fills the jar, I plan to experiment. Imagine-- a whole 8" pot FULL!




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    Oh, BTW! Clue, you may be interested in this particular setup. Go to Smart and Final or Ross or something and get a big glass cookie jar with a lid:



    Add some dried LFSM and enough distilled water to wet the moss but not flood it. Add your reddish strands, put the lid on, and stand back.

    Do note: what you see is NOT enough light. It will do, until I can get better, but it will grow green and leggy.
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    When you get a good bunch going you can spread it out in a wider track in something like a clear under the bed storage bin (40" x 18" x 8") with the clear lid or if your bin is colored plastic cut out the center of the lid and use a piece of plexi in there to let light to the subject. Just slap a twin tube shop light on it and grow a "little acre" of LFS. That's what one of my next projects is going to be.

    "Sphagnum farming in the Falklands..." (nep AK U still alive? )
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    When i went to a bog up here in WA, there was a ton of reaaaalllly red sphagnum, i believe the species is capillifolium, atleast what i found was i believe. i also have some that i got from a nursery a few months back when they sold it. but it never really turned red for me...

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    That's some really pretty Sphag.


    The next time I'm up that way, I'd like to find that bog. I'd love to see stuff growing in the wild.

    For that matter, I have a future appointment with some Nor Cal Darlingtonia, once I get the... well, you know.


    (That darned car, darn the slippery pavement, and darn the driver, too! )



    I don't currently have room for a shop light, d'you think it'll be OK outside? Oh, except for the raccoons. Hmmm, I think I'll make room inside, thanks.

    I just saw a big 'coon tonight, in fact.
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    Outside should be OK tape the lid on if you're worried about 'coons.

    wow! some great red sphagnum kris!
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    here is what one section of the ground looked like with the red moss, if this is capillifolium, and what you have turns out to be capillifolium, this is what it has the potential to look like....its a gorgeous species

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    Wow that is nice!I read in a book that soldiers used dried sphagnum to bandage their wound and when I saw this I almost puked haha

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    lol
    I remember reading that before too. IIRC it was mainly used in the American civil war, cos it soaks up a lot of blood and has anti-fungal properties.
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    yep, sphagnum contains iodine....so its actually pretty good for that sort of thing...better than maggots atleast

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    They also find old mummified bodies in Sphagnum peat. it does a great job at preserving them.


    As soon as I get the proper tub, I'll be putting my super-red Spahg outside, where it belongs. I gotta make it raccoon-proof first.
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