Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sphagnum moss going out of style?

It seems so, the way I am going through it right now. Normally I use some, particularly for Masdevallia and their relatives, but not the amounts I am using just now.

The reason is simple enough. I am potting up Laelia anceps divisions in 4-inch and 5-inch pots and that takes quite a bit of moss. For these plants I pack it in pretty tight.

I work from a 5-gallon bucket. I put half of a brick in the bucket and add water. After a few minutes I flip the brick so that the bottom is at the top. Before long there is plenty of moss ready to fluff.

I buy the New Zealand because that is what is readily avaiable. I am not fussy about it. I get the 500g size for $15 which is a substantial saving over getting the 150g size for $7.

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