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By evenwind
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I doubt that I'm the only one who's noticed that NZS has become hard to find. I hoped it was related to the covid-19 lockdown and not some kind of new import restriction. Anyhow, I contacted the American importer (Acadian Supply) and asked. This was their reply: With everything shutting down – no containers on the water. That’s the bad news – good news – we are expecting a container any day now of moss. So once we have it in hand, shipping will begin. Our resellers should have product very soon. .

So, basically good news. FWIW
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By hungry carnivores
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Yeah, their president Jacinda Ardern is very strict about COVID-19. I save a supply of peat/NZLFS for new arrivals, I've got enough to last me a little while, as I mainly use peat.
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By Matt
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We got lucky at FlytrapStore, having just placed an order for a pallet of the NZLFSM just before the lockdown really started. We have enough that we're still offering it for sale on, at least for now.
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By ChefDean
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NZLFSM is the toilet paper COVID-19 crisis for cp growers. I think I'm going to hedge against a long term shortage and place an order.
My plants need to be able to wipe, or grow, or whatever it is they do when I'm not looking.
That B. Liniflora looks sketchy, the Sarrs have some good rbf going on, and I dont fully trust the Capes.
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By Panman
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Okay, don't flame me on this one, but why the preference of NZLFSM over other products, other than the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. Does it make a significant difference? How so?
By ChefDean
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No flame here, it's a great question.
There is a definite quality difference. Longer fibers to wick water up higher, better moisture retention, more "feathery" to resist compaction, longer life/resists breakdown, cleaner (mostly due to their harvesting practices).
In the beginning of my cp hobby, I bought terrarium moss from the pet store. A brick that expanded to about 2 gallons was about 2 bucks. However, it was very thin to fine strands and it deteriorated to a slimy mush in a season, robbing the roots of any aeration.
NZLFSM has, for me, enabled me to slip pot when repotting to a bigger pot, and allowed me to keep a plug around the roots when just refreshing the pot to cut down on disturbing the roots, and cutting down on repotting shock.
Long term, it does cost more, and the return in just product term is less economical. But my time spent not having to fuss with the plants as much makes it worth it to me.
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By Artchic528
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@Panman - NZLFSM is the preferred product of use as it yields the best results, both in growth and overall health. I personally don't use it though as when I did have it as a top dressing in my pots, squirrels felt the need to rearrange them. After this culminated in the loss of one of my typical flytraps, I decided to switch to a sphagnum peat/perlite mix and haven't had any problems since.

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