"Can I use this soil?" FAQ

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by 3foot2011 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:01 am

I want to know about using charcoal in the soil mix to keep bacteria down or maybe just adding a small layer at the very bottom of my tank above the rocks but above the soil mix

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Vern » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:52 am

Has anyone heard or used sphagnum moss from Mosser Lee?
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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Matt » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:36 am

Vern wrote:Has anyone heard or used sphagnum moss from Mosser Lee?

Yeah, I've used the stuff. It's horrible. Don't bother with it. Spend a little more and get some of the good New Zealand sphagnum moss. You can usually find it on the shelf next to the Mossier Lee. Or you can purchase it from the FlytrapStore:
http://www.flytrapcare.com/store/new-ze ... agnum-moss

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Vern » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:57 pm

Matt wrote:
Vern wrote:Has anyone heard or used sphagnum moss from Mosser Lee?

Yeah, I've used the stuff. It's horrible. Don't bother with it. Spend a little more and get some of the good New Zealand sphagnum moss. You can usually find it on the shelf next to the Mossier Lee. Or you can purchase it from the FlytrapStore:
http://www.flytrapcare.com/store/new-ze ... agnum-moss

Oh really? Why was it so bad?

I wonder what made it so horrible.
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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Matt » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:06 pm

Vern wrote:Oh really? Why was it so bad?

It had lots of sticks and grass in it, if I recall correctly, and it fairly quickly turned to green mush. It never had the "airiness" that the good NZ stuff does.

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Vern » Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:14 am

Matt wrote:
Vern wrote:Oh really? Why was it so bad?

It had lots of sticks and grass in it, if I recall correctly, and it fairly quickly turned to green mush. It never had the "airiness" that the good NZ stuff does.

oh that doesn't sound appealing at all.

Matt, how do you selectively sift though media components? Did you make your own sifter?
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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Matt » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:32 am

Vern wrote:Matt, how do you selectively sift though media components? Did you make your own sifter?

I don't "sift" media at all and I'm exactly not sure what you're asking. Do you mean how do I remove unwanted stuff from the peat? If so, I've never found it necessary.

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by parker679 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:08 pm

Matt wrote:
Vern wrote:Oh really? Why was it so bad?

It had lots of sticks and grass in it, if I recall correctly, and it fairly quickly turned to green mush. It never had the "airiness" that the good NZ stuff does.


There is a brief article about the different LFS on the ICPS site.

If you think of the Mosser Lee stuff as a "high class peat substitute" it has its uses. Since it's much cheaper than the Chilean/New Zealand LFS I like to use it to line my containers to keep the peat/sand from washing out. I also use it for mixes that I want to be just a little bit airier. I've also potted some stuff in 100% Mosser Lee and they do great, but this was before I tried Chilean LFS.

I say if you can afford it get both, the ML definitely has it's uses. But if the only thing you need it for is top dressing the soil or as a soil amendment for a plant that really requires quality LFS than get the better stuff.

When you see them side by side and actually work with them the differences are clear.

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by Kevonicus » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:29 pm

This is a really great post. I have been trying out different soil mixes for different pot sizes and have found large pots (3g or more) do very well with straight chilean long fiber sphagnum moss. I don't even use a tray and in summer my pots stayed nice and moist for 3-4 days before needing to water. Pots smaller then 6" in LFS would dry up almost daily in direct sunlight so the better option without a tray method for smaller pot sizes would be sand/peat. I feel as though with larger pots, LFS seems to be a better choice because it gives you more control with letting the media "dry out" a little faster as my large pots with sand/peat stay moist for long periods of time.

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by PeachHawk » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:45 pm

This is helpful, do people usually grow their own sphagnum when they get a bigger collection?

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Re: "Can I use this soil?" FAQ

by bananaman » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:14 pm

PeachHawk wrote:This is helpful, do people usually grow their own sphagnum when they get a bigger collection?

A lot of people do grow their own sphagnum, but I don’t think all that many grow enough to use it as their only soil.

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