Types of moss tested:
- @optique sphag (top right)
Michigan ebay sphag (bottom right)
California ebay sphag (center)
@Mikeb moss (top left)
Meadowview red sphag from Mikeb (bottom left)
Panman wrote:The 'red' sphag I got off of ebay, the same as y'all, didn't have any red when I got it and still doesn't in full sun.I messaged the seller, as the moss was all green/brown when I received it. She said that too much water makes it turn green. It didn't make that much sense to me, but I have observed it to be true.
Apollyon wrote:I'd love to zero in on how the colors change and the variables. I got a large clump off average moss that was growing in red heads in my 1020 prop tray. I separated all of the he4ads and grew them isolated and the new stuff grew green. Outside of breaking them off, everything else was identical. That's some awesome red moss you have. I'm definitely jealousThe "red" moss (bottom right in the photo) does have some green growth. Here is a photo of the same moss after I dumped it out of the cup: From what I can tell, red is a sign of stress (too much light + not enough water). Plants produce anthocyanin to protect from oxidation.
Z_Y wrote:I too have been trying to propagate some of my colored moss. I found two stable colors, one very red and one orange. I actually really like the orange one, but it grows so slowly:That sphagnum and Heliamphora look fantastic, what temps are you keeping them in? Would like to grow some more sphag eventually, but it's never very vigorous in my HL room. Here's how the red/orange one looks like in a pot: Some more red type: There's red type in this pot, but the greenish-red above it might be a different species too. I also purchased some red ones off ebay and they didn't look that red. They also came with a lot of twigs and ants like it was picked off the forest floor, it took me a while to pick out all the sphagnum heads and toss out all the rest. I still haven't used it in any of my pots yet since I'm afraid of introducing some pest:
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