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By TrapsAndDews
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MikeB wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:09 am I'm still trying to get my hands on a bale of white/blond peat. None of my local stores carry it, and they say I'd have to buy a whole pallet (I don't need that much peat moss at one time). There is a good explanation of the different grades of peat here.
What type of peat grade is best for CPs? I was under the impression that the darker the peat is the better it is. The first bag of peat I ever got was dark and had a fine texture. The second bag of peat I got (same brand) was lighter and more coarse (also more sticks).
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TrapsAndDews wrote:What type of peat grade is best for CPs? I was under the impression that the darker the peat is the better it is. The first bag of peat I ever got was dark and had a fine texture. The second bag of peat I got (same brand) was lighter and more coarse (also more sticks).
I think you generally want the more coarser, lighter, more fibrous stuff like what floats when rinsing it. The fine, dark, powdery stuff just turns into a sort of sludge and loses all structural integrity when soaked, though I do still use it for aquatic or semi-aquatic utrics.
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TrapsAndDews wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:27 pm What type of peat grade is best for CPs? I was under the impression that the darker the peat is the better it is. The first bag of peat I ever got was dark and had a fine texture. The second bag of peat I got (same brand) was lighter and more coarse (also more sticks).
General rule of thumb: the darker the peat is, the more decomposed it is. The darker peat moss goes "sour" faster and has to be replaced sooner. This is why I want to get my hands on some white/blond peat.
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