I've been thinking about how a plant growing in the wild plants its seeds. I wouldn't think seeds would drop onto peat moss, being as in a bog the peat would be far below the surface (relative to size of the seed). So, the seed would likely land on live sphagnum moss or some type of sandy/organic(I think we refer to it as peaty) mix. I've only seen three types of drosera growing in the wild. Brevifolia and capillaris which were both in a tightly packed sandy soil with speckles of dark matter mixed in...a shallow layer of sphagnum moss was growing nearby both of these but they were not growing in it...only out of the bare sandy soil close to it. The other drosera was a filiformis which was growing out of a spongy sphagnum moss bog. All locations were "bottom" or "basin" like areas with seepage areas within them. Very humid. These are just my own, *very limited* experiences with wild growing plants and I feel other people probably have witnessed these species growing in much different environments. But, having seen this it tends to make me think that rosette, flat-growing plant seeds would benefit from the sandy/"peaty" mix and that taller, arial-growing plant seeds may benefit from live sphagnum moss. The seeds fall at the parent plants feet...and under an open sky.
Having stated the above, my first batch of brevifolia natively was in sandy/organic(?) soil but I transplanted them to a peat/sand mix...they died. But...one or two of the plants had seed stalks and a month or two later I started seeing tiny red specks appearing. So, apparently they *can* handle peat moss ok. And, @KategoricalKarnivore , in another thread stated that brevifolia grows close to him and they grew in a sandy area close to him and that he used a rough 2:1 sand-to-peat mix with good success. So, maybe the peat is ok...dunno.
Thanks to the comments above from evenwind and Bug_cemetery I think I know what I'm going to do next with my stock of live sphagnum...make a germination/nursery chamber from it!
It won't hurt the sphagnum moss, but it'll be "earning its keep"!
It makes sense. I'm thinking if I can find a tall container so that I have maybe six inches or so above the growing mix surface that that would create a good, humid zone above the plants while still allowing a free exchange of air. Those milk-shake covers with the big hole in the top come to mind...but on a larger scale. Maybe a tall disposable cake cover with a large hole in the center covering the sphagnum moss container. Planted pots nestled down into the sphagnum moss and covered/surrounded by the vented top.
Thanks to the link to the chopper, evenwind!
Oh well, guess I've been rambling enough...