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    I was reading one of the older topics and read something where someone said their vfts were lucky they didn't get planted in Scotts Peat. I have some and I was going to use it for my vfts, but now i'm not so sure.
    Is there anything bad about Scotts Peat moss?

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    AF, You bet your bow shootin' butt there is! Scotts peat is not all sphagnum peat, but sedge peat and fertilizer is added in. WILL KILL VFT'S! Take any bag of Scotts peat you find, and take it to the archery range, and punch holes in it all day long. Won't win any NFAA tounaments that way, but you won't kill your plants either!!!
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    thanks

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    Oh boy. Great. I wish I had know THAT earlier.

    My LFS is Mosser Lee, and given that it's produced spores, and I now have live LFS in many pots, I don't think that it is bad...

    But for the peat itself, I have two choices locally... Scotts Sphagnum Peat and Miracle-Gro. As Miracle-Gro clearly labelled itself as having fertilizer added, I avoided it. Scotts was labelled as 100% sphagnum peat, so I chose that. I cut it with clean sand and the LFS.

    So far (3-4 months) none of my CPs have died other than 2 that got severely damaged in shipping. My VFTs appear to be healthy enough.

    If Scotts is really bad, how long before you see ill-effect? I will have to hit some satellite communities and try to find another brand. But I don't know what I can trust anymore, if you can't even go by what is on the package!

    Can any of you long-time growers recommend a GOOD brand?

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    I'm not a long-time grower, but I haven't had any problems with the good-sized bags at the competition - Nirom brand (Canadian peat). Just don't tell you know who...

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    I just bought a bag of scotts peat moss and the bag said 100% sphag peat if there is anything else in there then its false advertizing. Any ideas? I would like to know how fast ill effect would show up if used? I have some sarr seeds in the fridge and will need to be potted soon. If this stuff really is bad I need to know so I can go take it back to home depot and hopefully get some good stuff from lowes when they get some in.

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    I was the one who started the whole Scotts peat moss deal. It all started when I bought some and potted almost half my collection in the stuff, mainly a lot of Venus Flytraps. Over time the plants never took off or anything and started declining in health over a few months.
    I don't reccommend this product to anyone, just go out and buy those big compressed blocked of sphagnum peat moss for a few bucks, smaller packages seem risky since they might contain some fertilizers or impurities poisonious to cp's.
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    GAAHH! That could explain A LOT! >.< I used Scott's all last year! Maybe that's why I had to rebuild my collection again! It said 100% sphagnum peat moss! Come ooonnn!! Pfft, at least I don't have it anymore...I used it all. >.<; Now I have this huge bag of canadian peat moss that will last me years.... *smacks Scott of "Scott's" for false labeling*
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