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    What are the requirements for keeping live sphagnum alive?(temp, light, water,humidity)

    Where would I get live sphagnum?

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    Sphagnum moss is pretty easy to grow. Temps above 70 degrees, a couple hours of light, some moist LFS, high humidity and you have automatic live sphagnum.

    You could trade for some in the TradingPost Forum, maybe a nice forum member would give/trade you some. Or, you could grow your own. Buy yourself a bag of LFS from Lowes/HomeDepot, stick it in a pot/container of some sort and cover the top with SaranWrap. In a few months, you should see starts of green growth. It may take a while to get going, but eventually, you'll have tons!

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    Slyfi,
    I've condensed my miscellaneous sphagnum moss that I had into one of those trays that you find in ice-coolers. I lay the moss out flat, pour 1/4" of distilled water in the tray, and place it close to my grow lights. It is not in the terrarium, and the temps are 65-75 degrees. If anything, keep it on the cool side, don't bake the moss, it doesn't like high temperatures. High light level is best, otherwise it grows spindly.

    hope this helps,
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    Sphagnum is a montane moss. Put it in your temperate CP pots. It can take anything below 0F like a piece cake. 100F (in growing seasons) is fine also as long as the water supply to the moss is cool.

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    Live Sphagnum is quite easy to grow, and looks great in nepenthes and drosera pots. Just get yourself a bushel of lfs, soak in some cool water, spread out in a container and keep near light. I use to grow it by placing some lfs in zip lock bags, water it heavily, and put em in the yard. I only check on em once in a while, just to make sure its damp.
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    ... but Zach lives in SF. I wouldn't recommend that method anywhere that the sun shines, or you'll end up with moss soup. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    It grows best if it has a fresh, flowing water source. I have a little recirculating fountain pump in one of my pots to keep the water and medium from going anaerobic, and the moss grows like crazy in that pot.
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    thanks for the info....one more question...can sphagnum moss arise from milled peat? I have some sort or small green moss growing with one of my pots....but it doesn't look like the sphagnum I see in pictures.....its been slowly growing for about 6 months.....I can't get you a picture of it though...... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    Sounds like you may have one of the mosses that commonly sprouts from peat. I am constantly working at erradicating these from my own collection. They seem to be detrimental to some degree.
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