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    Live LFS as a Top Layer

    I have a relatively basic question about LFS as a top layer in my Nepenthes pots. I've been growing just a couple Neps (ventratas) for about 6 months, and they have a top layer of LFS. They are groing in houseplant conditions and doing very well as far as I can tell...pitchering, increasing in size, etc. Unfortunately, I can't seem to encourage the LFS to do quite as well. Both plants have some live spagh on the top, but most is dead, and even the live pieces have blackened ends.
    Question: What do I need to do to encourage healthier growth of it so it looks more presentable and possibly means better growing conditions for the Neps. I use distilled water, have the pots on sunny windowsills, and mist daily (although I do miss a day pretty often).
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    Your humidity is probably too low to gow LFS at a top dressing. To grow LFS in a non humid environment, it needs to be kept waterlogged.....and you can't do that with a nep in the pot.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Exo is 100% right.. as always.
    Increase the humidity to 85%+ and your moss will start growing. Dead or alive, doesn't matter. It only takes humidity to get it growing. I've got some moss that's almost 2" tall with next to no light, just 100% humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by massmorels View Post
    Exo is 100% right.. as always.
    Increase the humidity to 85%+ and your moss will start growing. Dead or alive, doesn't matter. It only takes humidity to get it growing. I've got some moss that's almost 2" tall with next to no light, just 100% humidity.
    I actually find that the moss will grow in 75% humidity....it needs to be misted everyday though. 80% and up and is better though.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I don't agree with that assessment, entirely. Once established, live LFS doesn't need a tremendous amount of humidity or water. Below is a sundew with a top layer of live LFS, just on an ordinary grow rack. The apartment is rather dry and I can't get more than 1.5" of water in the tray.


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    I'm talking about getting the moss to it's full potential though. Here's a couple examples of some moss grown in low light, and high humidity:




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    ok, so maybe this should be a better question. And I know that this information is on the forums, and I've read it, but I want some personal opinions. What is an easy way I can create conditions to grow LFS (starting with dead stuff mostly) easily, and then just add it to pots as necessary?

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    pot it up in a zip lock bag, mist it a bit, and watch it grow.

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