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Sphagnum moss growing

by _-SphagnumFromHell-_ » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:33 pm

Hello. I acquired a nepenthes a little while back and when potting it up I found a couple strands of live sphagnum in it! This was amazing for me, since I was trying to get my hands on some lately. So I took out a small container, put some dead sphagnum moss in the corner, and placed the live moss in and gave it a misting. I wasn't too sure if I should grow the moss I have in water or on media, so I put half of it in the dead moss and the other half by itself and gave it extra misting. Here's my setup. It seems to be growing well so I'm planning on keeping a log of it to track it's progress. I heard it grows fast so hopefully it will be cool to see it grow. Updates coming soon.

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by xr280xr » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:23 pm

Cool! I'm no expert, but I always lay mine on a bed of something, either dead sphagnum or a thin layer of peat. Live sphagnum will also frequently pop up from dead sphagnum if you keep it wet and humid long enough.
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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by _-SphagnumFromHell-_ » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:13 am

UPDATE #1

So far it's been 2 weeks and the moss is showing visible growth. I can see new shoots coming from the existing moss. However It looks a little spindly. I've watched a few videos about Sphagnum and have heard that it won't grow as dense when it gets lower levels of light. So I'm thinking of getting a good LED grow light for it eventually.

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by riveraXVX » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:44 am

I kept a small culture of live sphag from a plant order in a small tupperwear container. regular dead LFSM in the bottom, then cut the heads off and placed them in a clump, randomly clipping and moving to fill up the container as it grew. kept it covered with random spritz of water/opening it daily for some air. and under a 100W equiv LED bulb/reflector along with our other seedlings/cephalotus

the container sets to the back of the main light area and just gets the tail end of the growing areas light from 2 bulbs and it is the most lush red moss and needs a much larger container now. 100W equiv daylight bulb LED had really good sucesss for growing moss for us though thusfar! we have a 20G tank we will be using just for moss but unfortunately haven't got setup

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by roarke » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:26 pm

riveraXVX wrote:I kept a small culture of live sphag from a plant order in a small tupperwear container. regular dead LFSM in the bottom, then cut the heads off and placed them in a clump, randomly clipping and moving to fill up the container as it grew. kept it covered with random spritz of water/opening it daily for some air. and under a 100W equiv LED bulb/reflector along with our other seedlings/cephalotus

the container sets to the back of the main light area and just gets the tail end of the growing areas light from 2 bulbs and it is the most lush red moss and needs a much larger container now. 100W equiv daylight bulb LED had really good sucesss for growing moss for us though thusfar! we have a 20G tank we will be using just for moss but unfortunately haven't got setup


Clipping with the root system ?

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by riveraXVX » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:25 am

well there is no real root system persay, it just grows...upwards I clip heads from random spots that are more lush, and then place them in other spots that aren't as dense - although generally it will spread and creep around on its own. we got our first 20 gallon tank setup and just criss crossed the strands we have and made grid patterns per some recommendations we received here. got new live heads popping up will eventually be a dense carpet

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by roarke » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:53 pm

riveraXVX wrote:well there is no real root system persay, it just grows...upwards I clip heads from random spots that are more lush, and then place them in other spots that aren't as dense - although generally it will spread and creep around on its own. we got our first 20 gallon tank setup and just criss crossed the strands we have and made grid patterns per some recommendations we received here. got new live heads popping up will eventually be a dense carpet


Do you always put a lid on top of the sphagnum moss setup ? With 1 hour without the lid per day, maybe ?

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Re: Sphagnum moss growing

by _-SphagnumFromHell-_ » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:58 pm

Hey everyone. I know this thread is a little old but I want to update for those interested and to answer a few questions. To be honest I kind of forget about it for a while. I just pour in some water and leave it. It seems to be doing okay.

But I'm concerned about how the majority of the strand is dead, with only the ends green and growing. Is this normal? Thanks.

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