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    By way of an update, I just wanted to let everyone know what my experience with Scotts brand sphagnum peat moss has been.

    Thus far, it appears none of my VFTs have done anything unusual in this peat. Some grow extremely well, others pretty much average, but they all come from different sources and so I attribute the variation in their growth more to that then the growing medium.

    I have had absolutely no losses that I can pin directly on the soil, and in fact extremely good growth from a few of my plants. It's been more than a few months now, so I presume I'd have started losing plants if the stuff was replete with fertilizers or anything.

    Still, I've grown weary of trips to Home Depot or anywhere else to pick up more peat. Those bags never seem to have enough and I always run out in the middle of potting up my latest acquisitions.

    To that end, I splurged a few dollars and got myself a massive bale of compressed (3.8 cu ft.) Canadian sphagnum peat moss.

    It's the 'Black Gold' stuff that I've heard so many good things about. The compressed bale is apparently the largest available, at least according to the bag. Sucker weighs a ton and I'm amazed I even got it inside, but I'm still glad I got it.

    Anyway, should keep me more than supplied for the next few growing season (and many moons thereafter). If only I could find perlite that cheap and in such large quantities.

    It's funny, I never thought I could get so excited about having a giant bag of soil. See what this hobby has done to me?

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    Those bales are fan-******-tastic!

    They last forever and as long as you keep them dry they'd probably survive a nuclear bomb.

    Unless you're cornholio lol

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    [QUOTE]For me, bales are much better because they are very cheap, and also last you for years.

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    Good for you ben,
    I have a bale a week habit.
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    I would definately advice a bale as well. There are some small ones available like around a cuboid of it sold at 4$ or so....my variety was Canadian Sphagnum peat moss sold marketed as "the Gardener" ..it was a yellow bale.

    I tried schultz intitally and I strongly recommend against it as it had slow release fertilizer balls in it.

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    I saw bales of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss at Lowe's. They usually have bags of domestic (US) LFS too.
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    Can you assume if it does not say fertilizer on the label that their is no fertilizer in it. I've been using Schultz sphagnum peat and no problems...even in fishtanks where I'd think fertilizer would cause algae blooms.
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    Quote[/b] (Not a Number @ Jan. 08 2007,7:34)]I saw bales of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss at Lowe's. They usually have bags of domestic (US) LFS too.
    So the Canadian / Black Gold brand also has LFS available? I've not seen that yet, anywhere. Every Home Depot I go to has, if I'm lucky, the Scotts brand sphagnum peat moss, but nothing else.

    They don't even have the bales of Canadian stuff. They're supposed to have it where this big Peat Moss sign is in the back, by the other huge bags of soil, but all they have stacked up there is steer manure.

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    Home Depot and WalMart does not carry LFS. Lowe's carries the MosserLee brand (domestic/US LFS).

    If you want Canadian or NZ LFS I'd try a nursery that specializes in orchids and orchid grow supplies as orchid growers love using LFS.
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