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Tony C wrote:Healthy plants shouldn't be harmed by water.They probably can't be harmed by water itself, but they can be harmed by rot which is most commonly caused by a water mold. Wet conditions all the time gives you a higher probability that your plant can be infected by the mold.
jamez wrote:They rot when you pack the sphagnum or have cheap sphagnum. If i's airy you can keep them sopping wet. They like that opposed to moist.Well I certainly didn't pack it tightly, so maybe it's cheap, bad sphagnum. I certainly didn't go out of my way to get that "superior New Zealand sphagnum moss" everyone raves about, maybe my experiences would be different then. I'm simply stating my experiences with the potting medium as of now, nothing more.
Tony C wrote:As I said before, my plants have been very wet and cold at times since our spring weather has swung between various extremes. For what it's worth I am using New Zealand sphagnum and wouldn't bother with the low grade North American stuff, but since you seem to want to make snarky comments toward myself and others offering suggestions and experiences I guess you can just figure it out on your own.I think he's using his knowledge from peat and trying to apply it to LFS, when it's a whole different medium and requires different care.
Tony C wrote:I am using New Zealand sphagnum and wouldn't bother with the low grade North American stuff, but since you seem to want to make snarky comments toward myself and others offering suggestions and experiences I guess you can just figure it out on your own.My statement was simply one of fact, nothing more.
anthony89uk wrote:any thoughts on this idea of combining both ideas?Lots of people experiment, and we all gain from each other's experiences, so just let us know how things work out with whatever potting material and methods you try. I've tried many myself. I'm currently experimenting with a sphagnum-free mix of sand, pine needles, orchid bark (small evergreen bark pieces) and plan to add desalinated coir to that mix for a grow next year. In addition, I've tried many coir mixes with no sphagnum, with varying results from very good to not so good depending on various environmental conditions and other factors. I still use coir in many mixes, but have turned away from using it alone (with just sand or perlite) as a mix, prefering to add it to other mixes whether they include sphagnum in some form or not.
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