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  1. Sphagnum propagation/regeneration experiment

    Nice pictures. Indeed if you have 4 liter of it, you should plant the heads for muc hfaster growth. If you only have small samples of one species, it might be worth planting single branches and have some more patience. I prefer a layer of peat because it's easier to keep wet all the time, and I personally don't make drainage holes, but just empty the trays after heavy rains. Luckily the moss isn't that picky so the method doesn't matter that much
  2. My Sphagnum

    Perfect :) Lovely to see, especially keeping in mind that theres a huge distance between Belgium and Sweden. Both species look exactly the same on our pictures. Over here, S. squarrosum seems specialized in more wooded areas with birch (Betula). I have no idea how the spores seem to find their way to such a small birch forest, because S. palustre could perfectly grow there as well,, and S. squarrosum could perfectly grow in a more open bog too. A true mystery for me unless they get distributed by certain animals or so.
  3. My Sphagnum

    For the people interested in Sphagnum ID: The first picture of this thread shows Sphagnum with leaves that seem squarrose at first glance (upper part of the leaf bent back abruptly so they point away from the stem). As forum member JCZ pointed out, the plant is not Sphagnum squarrosum like I thought, but probably S. palustre. The habit of Sphagnum mosses to grow like this is called 'subsquarrose' by some authors. I was lucky enough to find Sphagnum 2 days ago that is most probably true S. squarrosum and I'll give a quick comparison. The picture above is Sphagnum palustre (or at least in the section Sphagnum). As they were kept in a rather shady condition, the leaves seem squarrose at first glance. The leaves are still hooded though, typical for this section ('cucculate'). The leaves are not really narrow at the end. In the middle of the capitulum, there is no stem bud visible through the branches. The picture above is the one and only: Sphagnum squarrosum. Notice how the stem bud emerges in between the young branches. This apical bud is easy to see with a 10x maginying lens, with a more white green color then the surrounding branches. The leaves are actually squarrose, the tip of the leaves is narrow and the plant looks even more spikey then the subsquarrose form of S. palustre. Below pictures of a squarrose leave and a spikey branch of S. squarrosum. Friendly reminder that Sphagnum should never be harvested or taken from the wild, at most take one single strand if you want to identify a species using a lens or microscope. The plants are really rare and struggle to survive where humans interfere. Have a nice day!
  4. Macro pIcture of a sporophyte

    Crazy, I wonder how complex the inner structure of that capsule has to be in order to reach this effect. The explosion of the capsule on itself is already impressive. Funny what big efforts this tiny plant has to do to ensure its existence and reproduction.
  5. Macro pIcture of a sporophyte

    Thank you all for the kind words. Update: A lot of the protonemata are dying or becoming white instead of green. I'm not sure what's wrong, maybe I should try to put them in higher light, they are quite shady at the moment. But quite a bit of them have formed gametophores (Adult moss plants). They are still really young and I don't see any resemblence with Sphagnum yet, but I'm almost 99 pcnt sure it should be Sphagnum. I'm really curious to see how it keeps developing. 6th of september 2017:
  6. Sphagnum propagation/regeneration experiment

    Update to show final result. I'm rather pleased with the result but I won't be using it considering Sphagnum multiplies fast enough for me. Experiment started at begin of April 2017, pictures above are taken at the end of april. Now in september, 5 months later, the plants are adult and look like this. (They are adult after a month or two but I've not been treating them well, they stood in partial shade. That is also the reason why their red color hasn't returned) This method may be worth trying if you want to multiply a small amount of Sphagnum, let's say only 2 little plants.
  7. Anyone guess what these are?

    Great pictures, interesting combination!
  8. My heliamphoras

    Thanks for sharing, your collection is eye candy. What a magical genus this is...
  9. Spaghnum starting on peat

    Cool. Whether it's from spores or from a sleeping moss plant in the peat, the result is the same :) I wonder how many species could come out of the peat.
  10. Trip Borneo!

    Really nice to see them like this, thanks for sharing
  11. My sphagnum moss project.

    You probably need a microscope to make a difference between S. palustre and for example S. papillosum, although you can determine to the level of section with just a 10x magnifier.
  12. That's true, you can't cover it and then put it in full sun, it turns completely white even when wet and just dies. There is no need to cover Sphagnum but as they are fresh cuttings you can raise the water level
  13. Spagh cultivation

    There are more then 200 species around the world. But there is a small selection of species that is rather common so it shouldn't be super hard to determine the species if you know where it comes from. Some Sphagnum is always colored, but my red sphagnum turns completely green after I take cuttings, then turns red again after a couple of months. There are species who never turn red. Also if you decide to take from the wild, if allowed in your country, never take a big amount, you can take a small sample and start from there, without damaging the moss.
  14. Spaghnum starting on peat

    If the peat isn't dried out, it's only normal that the sphagnum can survive for months, but if the peat is dry if you buy it, i would be really surprised. Not sure how long Sphagnum can live fully dried out, but probably not that long.