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    growing in long-fibered sphagnum moss

    can I grown neps in straight long-fibered sphagnum moss? highlands?

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    Generally, no...it'll be too wet and soppy- perlite, bark, etc...is generally added to keep it loose and well-draining. But ultimately, it depends on your conditions.

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    Use half sphagnum and half chunky bits like perlite, pumice, charcoal, or even orchid bark or coco chips.
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    how about some coarse sand and a little bark mixed in?,,,the 3 new plants are still only a few inches tall...

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    That would work better than pure lfs, and would be fine for now.
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    From pictures I have seen posted, some people do use LFS, either 100% or as a topdressing.

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    Ask 50 growers what they use, you'll get 100 answers, hahaha

    Most of mine are in a fairly even ratio of peat, perlite, orchid bark, sand, and sphagnum moss. Hasn't been a problem yet (though, I'm suspicious about that on my N. singelana, but thats a different story). As far as I know, pure living sphagnum is best as a top dressing.
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    I've been able to make pure LFS work on the top layer of my pots, but it's not ideal, at least in the conditions I provide. The best mix depends a lot on what your other conditions are like, and also varies from species to species.
    One thing you should be wary of is that LFS at the bottom of the pot can rot quite easily if kept wet all the time, or if there's poor air circulation. I like to line the bottom of my pots with a thick layer of inorganic media (like perlite, hydroton, or ceramic chips) to help with drainage and aeration. I've used charcoal/orchid bark in a pinch before and haven't really noticed any problems with it, but I expect it to decay eventually and I'm fairly sure I'll have to repot those plants well before the ones that are in a mostly inorganic mix.
    I know some growers who condition their organic media outside before using it, leaving it in a well-drained container, exposed to rain and sun for as long as a year, to leach out any excess nutrients and sediment. I do that sometimes for my outdoor plants but I've always been afraid that if I brought it inside I'd get a bunch of baby slugs or something unpleasant like that. Of course I already have the occasional baby slug chewing things up, but my new excuse is that I just don't have space since I moved into an apartment.
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