I did something similar. I cultivated some local moss. I keep most of it in my planter dubbed the infirmary but every so often I will introduce it to my sarracenia pots. Big picture will be to 1. introduce them to all my pots and 2. carry the temperate dews with them so there will be moss and dews everywhere!
it grows slowly but lives on it's own in the sarracenia pots.
Post by AudacityOfTheMind on Jul 10, 2016 23:22:53 GMT -5
Just read this very interesting thread cause today I've actually planted some live sphagnum in a little salad container in my front porch where it's bright but not full sun. I read most of the comments here especially about using MaxSea in fertilizing moss. Now I'm no expert Burgos about fertilizing with coffee instead? There might not any toxic salts that might build up as mentioned about using MaxSea. What do you guys think?
Been a while since I updated this thread....the harvest this year yield-wise was decent, but not as good as the first year. I kept the moss out in full sun the whole year and didn't place it in the shade like I did last year. Of course, the hot summers scorched the moss and affected yield. However, the QUALITY of the moss was much better this year (think of sarracenias grown in shade versus full sun): the strands were thicker and had denser "heads" than when grown in the shade.
Anyhow, I had to harvest the moss early and the new "starts" have been struggling big time for a while now because they were really stressed out from the summer sunburn. Finally, they're starting to adjust and grow! One thing to mention, be very careful with moss that isn't fully established, if you fertilize normally, you'll kill it at this stage (from recent experience, had to start some of the trays over again from my emergency "starter stash" of sphagnum moss). Wait until it looks happy and established before giving it a good feeding. Photos taken 12/26/16:
Notice the "peaks" look great, but there are some "valleys" where the starts just croaked. If you do it right, your valleys and peaks will all be filled with healthy moss. In a few months, you won't be able to tell there was ever a struggle to begin with:
I think the red colored sphagnum is really neat, but it's more for show than for production. Pretty darn sure my minor okee giant tub has some red sphagnum in it somewhere.... It tends to produce smaller heads, which gives poor yields and not very "fibrous" strands. when you have weak strands, they tend to break down faster.
I have a few trays of live LFS as well. Many of the green LFS trays have been invaded by the red LFS and are thus being overrun by the red. Most of the trays sit beneath one of my persimmon trees. Damn fu*cking squirrels constantly hide their peanuts in my trays. I grew these primarily for Darlingtonia cultivation but have not used much. The cultures just keep on gorwing and growing and begin to grow over the tray and onto the floor. Time to mow the lawn.... During the summer heat the heads do burn.
Mike, I grow half a dozen varieties. My green is a lot slower. The red stuff pictured is actually Meadowview's purple .
Many of my collection are in the "whatever" category. However, a dozen or so are really special to me and when an army of squirrels start digging in those prized Sarracenia pots to hide big @ss avacados taken from your neighbors yard, its time for WAR!!!
Pokie22: I didn't know you had such a potty mouth, LOL Needless to say, we feel your pain.
Nice sphagnum too, looks like a different species than what I'm growing. Disclaimer: I have no idea how to key them out.....
sphangum can only be reliably keyed out by examination under a microscope
i have at least 2 species, 1 that is dense that i found in an on-campus bog (dont worry i took just a handful and) that grows rather well in medium shade on wet peat and 1 that i grabbed from a stream that grows in pure water i am experimenting with both-the 1st one has different growth performances in different Sarr pots-it loves my moorei but my mitcheliana is inhibiting it (allelopathy perhaps) it is also sending new growth up in sealed cups of compressed strands with drosera seedlings
i have some of these mosses in axolotl water, some in wet peat, and some in wet coco coir with rotting lemon slices for acidity
I need to up my sphagnum game. I tried to get some trays going last year but the raccoons did a number on them and I had so many other irons in the fire I had to temporarily accept defeat. Seeing all that gorgeous sphag is inspiring me all over again though. The Oregon climate is prettt friendly to sphagnum growth as you might expect, so I should be able to get some good colonies going as long as I can keep the critters at bay.
stu: Hi Mike: I’m pleased to report that the S. rubra wherryi Chatom Giant you sent has arrived in great shape as did the bonus plant from NC. Both are now back under southern skies and are feeling warm, humid, and at home again. Thanks!
Jul 22, 2020 13:21:21 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: I am planning on doing an order from Mike... and I’m on a budget, some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made
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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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