Lance, gonewildgonewild said:Different Lance here....
I don't know much about moss but Belinda is growing some pretty nice moss in our seedlings. This is a paph compot planted in NZ sphagnum from a bale. It was potted up about 5 months ago. The moss is growing quite well now and gets a fertilizer solution several times daily intended for the paph seedlings.
So is this not Sphagnum? It certainly grows with fertilizer added to the water.
As to Lance's original comment about Sphagnum having a healing effect for plants, that certainly could be true as indegious people in Peru use Sphagnum type moss as a medicinal plant. I can't quite remember what the old fellow told me it was good for but he said it was a good plant to heal with.
Persephone,Lance Birk said:Persephone,
Matt gore answered correctly about white pots.
And, you will get an excellent education by reading books and orchid journals, especially some of the very old AOS Bulletins and any of the past Orchid Digest periodicals.
You can read some chapters of my own book by visiting- lancebirk.com, I suggest you read the chapter "Potting Media."
That is me. I am the different Lance. Lance Birk started this thread and I tried to help you become unconfused.NYEric said:Oh, I was refering to the Phrags I purchased from Lange/Gonewild's online store. Don't mind me, I was just confused.
The moss pots get fertilizer water sprinkled on with a micro wand two times per day. Enough water to wet the moss but not a drench. The fertilizer is MSU added to RO water at a rate of about 450-600 ppm total. Additionally several times per day the pots are misted with a micro mist with pure RO water. The moss does stay wet but not saturated.terrestrial_man said:Lance, gonewild
Did someone answer you on your moss. That is some good looking sphagnum moss!!!!!
Looks like fertilizing is not harming it. I think what it is is how often you water and just how much watering you do. such as drenching rather than sprinkling. ??
gonewild said:The moss pots get fertilizer water sprinkled on with a micro wand two times per day. Enough water to wet the moss but not a drench. The fertilizer is MSU added to RO water at a rate of about 450-600 ppm total. Additionally several times per day the pots are misted with a micro mist with pure RO water. The moss does stay wet but not saturated.
Maybe it is certain salts in water that hampers the moss growth and not just "fertilizer" in general?
What types of mosses are you trying to grow?likespaphs said:i've got several types of mosses i'm trying to grow...perhaps i've mentioned that. a while ago i read somewhere about cutting up moss into very small pieces and the moss will regenerate. i did that with one type, i don't think a sphagnum-type, about eight months ago and put the pieces into the water tray i keep filled for the some of the carnivorous plants. nothin' happened. a few months ago, i transfered one tray to a cooler growth chamber, that we just happen to have open right now and a few weeks ago, i noticed tiny green things floating on some weird goo that was in the tray. took a look at it today, and it's moss! little tiny moss!