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By MikeB
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My go-to carnivorous plant soil is a 3:1:1 mix of peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand. Over the weekend, I was putting away a couple bags of LFS and rediscovered a bag of sphagnum dregs that I had saved: the little bits of moss that are left in the bottom of a bag (I guess it would officially be called "milled sphagnum"). I needed to pot 2 Sarracenia and 4 flytraps, so I turned them into a minor experiment. I put them in a mix of 3 parts of my soil to 1 part of the dregs. The resulting soil was very light and had an almost spongy feel when I put it in the pots. It should have good aeration qualities. I'm curious to see how well the plants grow in this.
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This is what I'm using:
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It's the little bits and pieces from the bottom of bags of LFS (SuperMoss, Spagmoss, Peruvian and Chilean sphagnum).
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That's definitely the milled stuff. It looks wonderful! What does it look like with CPs in it?
There are very few images of milled sphagnum because it's difficult to find or produce.
Most pics are with LFSM, not the milled kind.
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CPhunter101 wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:00 am That's definitely the milled stuff. It looks wonderful!
This is naturally milled sphagnum: it fell off the LFS all by itself. I could make my own by taking a handful of moss and rubbing it in my hands until it falls apart.
CPhunter101 wrote: What does it look like with CPs in it?
Since I mix it with my regular CP soil, pot the plant, and put a layer of LFS on top, there's nothing to see. When I picked up the pot, I immediately noticed how much lighter it felt.

A few years ago, I tried to use this stuff as the media for flytrap seeds. I didn't like the end result. When I soaked the milled sphagnum in water and put it in a pot, it had the consistency of clay. I scrapped the idea, tossed the rest of the bag in a box, and promptly forgot about it.
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