I noticed there was a lot of concern about the concentration of fertilizer in this thread, but I didn't see any mention of what volume of fertilizer is used each time. Isn't that information just as important? I'm starting up a sphagnum culture myself and want to make sure I don't overdose them.
While it's true that sphagnum will grow in plain water, if you want high yields, it needs to be fertilized, preferably 2x a month. Try a heaping 1/4 teaspoon per gallon DI water of maxsea 16-16-16.
has anyone tried using a natural fertilizer? my axolotls release a lot of waste in the form of ammonia (which plants need) and their waste water seems to give houseplants a respectable boost this could probably help cut back on the salt concern (read earlier in this topic people were worried that fertilizer would leave residues and salts and stuff in the sphagnum) and since it's likely dilute and quickly absorbed (not to worry though, a well-fed axolotl will foul its water up in a matter of days), would it be worth a shot? I also regularly fertilize garden plants with caterpillar frass (probably better if i smushed the stuff up and mixed in water first). there are lots of good organic solutions that we can take advantage of. also, can't sphagnum be grown atop peat? I would be willing to experiment with this if anyone wants to sell me a small amount of live sphagnum at some point
Pure 100% organic fertilizer will likely work, so long as they are acidic. The challenge with using poo or other organic material is that it can lead to bacterial and fungal infections. It's also difficult to source such organic waste, and it's most likely labor intensive to produce.
Maxsea contains micro and macronutrients that may require a lot of energy to produce (not very good for the environment). However, the seaweed "waters down" the laboratory-made components, and when you apply it to Sphagnum or other CP's, a single container can last you many years. Overall, I don't think there's an overall net negative environmental impact using this product on CP's and Sphagnum.
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
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sarrseens: How about $50
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