Beaver746 wrote:Oh that's pretty cool! I have some outdoor bogs too, but nothing has started growing in them other than cp. In your experience do the ferns and the other plants harm the cp? I think it would be kinda cool to have some ferns or something in the bogs just to add some other plants. I bought some live sphagnum moss a while back, when I was setting up my bogs, and all the sphagnum moss died (too much sun I think). I guess I'm not a good sphagnum moss grower. Haha
The bogs generally need a large surface area for these plants to start showing up, the seeds/spores need to be near the surface. The birch are a positive pain , growing fairly quickly and with long tap roots, get them out while young. Heathers are OK till they get large and block out light, but are easy to control, I pull them up at the end of the year. Ferns are pretty, but grow too large, block out light and have fairly extensive roots. The firs are slower growers so I sometimes leave them a couple of years but they do get long tap roots.
If you have largeish bogs kept wet, Sphagnum will establish fairly readily, I do nothing and by the end of the year I have a carpet of moss, which I leave over winter to provide some frost protection, then pull up in spring to allow light to the rhizomes and have lots of moss use with my plants. Then the cycle starts again.