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    Sphagnum Wont Colonize

    Hello all!

    I've lurked this forum for many months and just gotten around to posting, I actually have a question that I hope someone can answer. Like many of you, I enjoy the look of live Sphagnum in a pot, and have a pretty nice culture going on (which just sprouted some mystery Drosera, would love to post pics of anyone has an eye for IDs), but I can't seem to get them to be healthy in my pots. Whenever I transplant some new cuttings, their tips turn black/brown and they eventually stop growing. I'm trying to get them to colonize a standard peat/sand substrate. Thanks again!

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    Mine usually get going if the peat it's on is really flooded. What are your growing conditions for them?
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    It sounds like your newly transplanted Sphagnum is drying out. When you're trying to get a top dressing established, take a large wad of Sphagnum and compact it so that it isn't too loose. Mist it regularly so that the mat doesn't dry out. Laying single strands on the soil surface without extremely high humidity will almost never work, especially on a sand/peat mix.

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    Keeping a close eye on the sphag you're trying to introduce and keeping it well-watered is necessary if the soil is not extremely moist, but in some cases you might be able to take a mid-length strand and bury half in the medium. Or, like half my pots you can just wait for sphag to magically appear on its own.
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    Wow, thank you all for the prompt responses. Firstly, I'm using the tray method on a D. Binata and a now, sadly (dead) Spatulata, I have a single T-8 Fixture that's on a timer. Should I be misting daily, or perhaps even more than daily?

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    Sphagnum moss does well with high humidity and moist media. I keep them either in bog conditions or completely enclosed in a terrarium. Very clean water and nothing less. Cheers!

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    A single T8 is pretty low lighting for most Sundews.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CompLitDewKit View Post
    Whenever I transplant some new cuttings, their tips turn black/brown and they eventually stop growing. I'm trying to get them to colonize a standard peat/sand substrate.
    Of the 120 species or so of sphagnum, some readily develop a deep carpet-like coverage, while others remain sparse under the same conditions; but usually it is an issue of lower than ideal humidity and insufficient watering . . .
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