WARNING: *This may be long, drawn out, boring and newbie-ish!
Six weeks or so ago I bought a common VFT from HDepot, which has led me deeper and deeper into the world of VFTs. *After my initial little VFT, I bought more from **********.com, along with some soil. *These have all been doing great, but they aren't very good looking - they are in ordinary pots with peat / perlite medium. *So, in an effort to make it nicer looking, I have been trying to find LFS or LSM to make a mini-bog - I have seen some cool pictures on the forums where people had live sphagnum moss. *I finally bought a couple of bags of what I thought was LFS from Petco. *I took it home and began to wash it when the first hint that it might not be LFS became apparent - it had pine needles mixed in with it. *Also, it looks very very similar to the stuff you see quite often around the tops of plant you might buy. *It is kind of flatish - not round, as sphagnum moss seems to be from what I can tell in the pictures. *So I took this stuff and mixed it with peat and then put a couple-inch layer at the top of my pot. *I put one plant in to see how it looks, which you see in one of the pictures. *The second hint that it is not sphagnum is that the top layer dried out pretty quickly, although it has kept the underlayer moist. *When I was trying to hydrate it and wash it, it had a lot of debris, most of looked like what you would find in a forest, certainly not a bog - pine needles and seeds, etc. *
So here are my questions:
Do you think this is sheet moss, or something else, but not sphagnum?
Do you think I can successfully grow plants in this mixture, or should I just start over?
If I get some live sphagnum moss - at this point I'm ready to order it online - how concerned should I really be about catching sporotrichosis? *If I wear gloves, it should be pretty safe once the moss is all planted in the pot, right?
Do you have a reliable source for live sphagnum moss that you can PM me with?
Thanks for your suggestions.