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#1 gardenofeden

 
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:07 AM

Not sure what to call them, but I got a tub of these yesterday which I thought people might find interesting. They are agar balls with "propagules" of sphagnum moss incorporated, they are used to reseed degraded moorlands which have lost Sphagnum due to burning or pollution, quite a new innovation.

I have scattered them over a tray of substrate, and will keep them watered to see if I can get them to "germinate"...
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:33 PM

Miniature grapes??

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:53 PM

interesting. keep us posted with pics

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 14:53 PM

Very interesting. Were they expensive? Where did you get them?

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 15:26 PM

I definately need some of those, please tell.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 17:54 PM

they are used in moorland restoration projects, and I got them through work, not sure if they are available for retail....

I believe the correct term for these is beader moss, if you Google that with 'Moors for the Future' you can get further information.


http://www.moorsfort...org.uk/node/144

Edited by gardenofeden, 11 July 2012 - 17:56 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2012 - 18:52 PM

I have heard of these, and think it's a great idea.
Really want to see how this goes.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 19:06 PM

http://sphagnum.co.uk/

No sign of them selling though. I suppose you could send them an email.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:10 AM

Very interesting! I wonder what sort of paper work is required to import/export these once available.