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    The moss is annoying. Usually you can manually remove the layer and replace it with something like sand. I'm at a loss with pygmy sundews and moss. The cure can easily be worse than the cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    The moss is annoying. Usually you can manually remove the layer and replace it with something like sand. I'm at a loss with pygmy sundews and moss. The cure can easily be worse than the cause.
    In one of my weedy utrics, I've had a nasty covering of slime algae. I took a section, cleaned off as much as possible & repotted with a covering of coarse sand. It's just now sending a few 'leaves' above the sand. If this works & doesn't exhibit much of a downside, i'll probably try with some others.

    If someone has a decent moss cure, they should really speak up. For some of the tiny utrics (like uniflora), it will completely cover up those tiny little buttons if left unchecked.
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    I have good success suppressing moss by leaving pots out in the rain for six months to a year, before planting them. When I'm ready to use them I rinse with boiling water a few times and then let it cool. Moss is a lot less aggressive in well-leached media. I usually don't have space or time to make pots up that far in advance, with the exception of my seasonal temperate divisions, but several rinses with boiling water and one or two long soaks do a good job with only a day or two's turnover. With many plants I don't care enough to bother, but for the smaller ones that are sensitive to moss it helps a lot.
    When I see moss or algae getting started I take the pot and rinse the surface forcefully with a spraybottle, tipping the pot to let the crud drain off. If you disturb it while it still hasn't quite formed a mature colony, it will come loose easily. And the biological activity as the remaining algae/moss regrows removes the nutrients in the media that cause the problem to begin with. After a while, it recedes to manageable levels or dies out entirely.
    As an example, I had a pot of D. spatulata that I more or less ignored for like three years. The carpet moss between the plantlets grew up so high that their leaves had to climb up to emerge from the moss; some of the plants were so deep that they almost looked more like VFTs or head lettuce, with the tops of the leaves poking out and the growth point wrapped up in younger leaves. The moss smothered several of them before I repotted, but all I did was pull off the layer of moss and put the plants back in the same pot. The peat and perlite underneath is still perfectly good, but the moss seems to have mostly depleted it. So far, no more moss or algae has shown up, but the spatulata seem perfectly happy.
    ~Joe

    PS - Nice pics Av - I'm definitely jealous of your camera skills. (Equipment?) Also, footnote to your original carpet moss question; I actually plant Utrics in my pots of larger plants to keep pests from growing. For Utric pots, though, I guess that doesn't work.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
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    *eye lasers*
    So, what, it's a point-and-shoot that also has adapter lenses?
    My old clunker would be useful too, if I had more than 4MB of memory for it. The CompactFlash cards they make these days are too new to be compatible.
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