- Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:56 am
Well the stuff I get in S.A is fair grade... Initially about half floats and half sinks. But I don't seperate it at all and haven't had problems.
I found that the easiest way to wash peat and get rid of the really fine stuff, eggs, spores ect is an old t-shirt. I tie the top (neck, arms) off with an elastic or two, pur my peat in there and initially rinse for a few minutes using plain tap water (until the water isn't dark brown anymore. Then I squeeze out all the water and put it in a large bucket, fill with RO or ditilled or rain water up to about 2-3x the original peat volume. I leave this outside in the sun for about 3days. Sometimes I stop here and pour the wet peat into a t-shirt, strain out all the water and use as is. But for seedlings I put this peat in a t-shirt, squeeze out all the water, put it back in the bucket and add RO or distilled water again and just leave it outside for another few day (sometimes I forget for week, but thats better... I have found that after a week of soaking ALL the peat sinks to the bottom. But This peat is a nice texture when I dry it out and use it for my plants, plus it stays that quality for a long time... I have had one pot of VFT's in this soil, not only are they growing vigorously, but the pot is algea free and still looks in the same condition as the day I repotted.
I'd like to trade in South Africa:)