Anyone finding a safe batch of moss....please post .... It keeps getting harder to find a bale that is satisfactory or consistent.....or a reliable source that has found a way to ship a bale that doesn't cost more than chartering a litter with it's 4 bearers to walk to it's destination....
Lots of rain helps negate such effects, Bill, if you do have salty peat. Peat seems to "wash" clean fairly quickly once potted. I used to measure the peaty water in my trays after a good rain. I would have high TDS readings upon first potting, but they quickly dropped to under 50 or lower later in the season.
Disclaimer: this is largely conjecture.
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I still have a few bales of Premier peat moss from Lowes but it smells funky, even after extensive washing and autoclaving. Hence, I picked up a a bale of Black Gold, which for me has always been low in ppm. I was glad to find it in stock since it is difficult to get in the larger sizes. After rehydrating overnight, the runoff read 253ppm!! Needless to say, it went back to the store. Always check the peat!!
Has anyone been able to find a good source of clean peat? I'm trying to figure out where to get a good bale or two for the University of Kentucky's Horticulture Department. I need to go through and clean up some of their carnivorous plant collection.
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Just tested the ppm of my peat for the first time ever due to your post. Thankfully it was only 20ppm. Now to start sending American Horticulture Suppy hate mail for jerking you around. Nobody jerks around my Wang without my permission!!!
This whole peat moss contamination issue combined with those folks who have a big issue with peat mining in the first place is becoming more of a problem to cp growers all the time. Right now I have to tell folks to rinse consumer grade peat before using it, or buy their soil mix from a cp dealer. Many do that anyway, and we appreciate the business, but it's just one more stumbling block for a new grower. More research needs to go into finding a good peat substitute (Coir doesn't count!). It would also help if peat producers were pressured into having analysis of the salt content of their peat they sell. The stuff with higher salt content is fine for potting soil mixes, but for growers of more sensitive plants like all of us, I'm fine paying a bit more if I know the quality is good. It's BS to go through what you did just to get the right product.
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Absolutely, an alternative would be nice, but a true analysis is vital, I had to do so much research and pester every nursery in southern oregon, and in the end I still had to travel 9 hour drive time day trip to portland and back just for peat. I did find some good falafel and ice cream to make the trip more "girlfriend friendly" (she is amazing and patient with me even when she cant understand why I NEED promoss and not the stuff at home depot).
This is the peat that I use. I get it at Lowe's. I find that its not that bad. minimal twigs & debris. I do got an occasional bag with more then the usual amount of debris in it and that is a big pain when it happens, but so far it is the best I can find near me. What I do with all my peat is mix it in a large plastic tub along with the correct amount of washed sand & perlite for the mix that I use. Any debris in the peat is removed while I'm mixing in the sand & perlite. I then store the mixed peat in large plastic trash cans lined with heavy duty yard trash bags until I'm ready to use it. This way when I need to pot up plants I have the correct mix ready to go.
I flush every pot I make with 0 TDS RO water until I get the TDS to 25ppm or below before planting a plant in it. I line the bottom of the pots with sphagnum moss to keep the mix from flushing out of the bottom of the pots. Typically, the first flush produces a TDS reading somewhere in the high 100's to low 200's(180-220ppm). Depending on the size of the pot it usually takes about 5 to 10 flushes to get to my desired reading of 25ppm. YMMV
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
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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
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sarrseens: How about $50
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