Enlightening requests and photos, but I thought I would but in with my 2 cents
While doing in research in Vermont/NH/MA we collected sphagnum moss too for analysis with an expert. For every plot we laid out we collected 5 samples (one from each corner and one from the middle). Long story short, there were many species of sphagnum, as many as 12 collected over the research.
Some of it was red, but some looked brown, and some were long and spindly and some looked very short and compact. I think @billredlionpa if you are going to embark on this sphagnum journey, collect many species of red sphagnum, there might be some with "prettier" appearance or characteristics.
I hope this helps
Definitely! I'm hoping to find a good combo of good looking and 'technicolor' red. I didn't realise there were that many species! You know there has to be someone somewhere out there who has 100+ species hanging out in their collection
Any one find any tips to growing moss fast ?. fertilizer?
I'd be interested in learning about this too. A little surfing turned up some mentions of using maxsea and coffee for fertilizer. I know sphag moss can grow with just water and light, but I imagine if you could get the trace nutrients down right, you could get it to grow even faster. With that in mind, for now, I'm growing mine with a thin substrate layer of peat.
I have some that I could send out next Saturday if you are interested. It is mostly red in one culture, and all of the others are mixed. All of it originally came from Meadowview and has been grown out significantly ever since.
Thanks again for the moss - it arrived just as vibrantly red as the pictures you posted! The stuff is awesome
dozer1028: I fertilize all of mine using a dilute mix of MaxSea (1/4 tsp per gallon) mixed with distilled water. It gets misted weekly with that solution and flushed monthly just as a precaution (if the light is intense enough, it may not even be necessary depending on how well the fertilizer is utilized, but I haven't tested that yet). For me, there is a noticeable difference in the rate of growth. Also, for some reason I have noticed better growth with live Sphagnum started on top of a thin layer of dried LFSM. It may be likely that is just how it is for me.
billredlionpa: You're welcome, I'm glad the moss made it in good shape!
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
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