- Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:11 pm
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.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.