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  1. Not only dead Sphagnum and peat acidify, living Sphagnum even more. They have a mechanism to capture kations from their environment and in return they release a H+, which acidifies the water around it. Not only do they capture all nutrients for themselves with this mechanism, but they also create the acidic environment in which they thrive and many fungi, plants and bacteria can't grow or compete in those conditions. If you're still talking about Nepenthes seedlings, I'd allow the Sphagnum to acidify. Sphagnum and a lot of other carnivorous plants are used to relatively low pH values and
  2. Hi! I know the feeling, I've lost some Nepenthes seedlings, sown on dead Sphagnum or peat and they died from a fungus ('damping off disease' I believe). I have limited but positive experience with sowing Nepenthes on living Sphagnum. Molds make no chance, and if the Sphagnum is healthy there shouldn't be algae. The seedlings love it, but the moss grows too fast for them. Either you need a slow growing Sphagnum species (some species in bogs, in the mountains or pioneer species are slow growers). Or you need to trim the growing Sphagnum so it doesn't overgrow the seedlings. In my opinion living
  3. Fantastic pictures! Do you know what tree this is? I'm not sure if it's a pine or an Araucaria
  4. Nice pictures, glad to see it works for you. And the pictures that disappear are probably not those of Flickr but people probably mean those of Photobucket, a site that indeed suddenly removed all pictures unless you would pay for it. This should not be the case with flickr.
  5. Posting pictures takes a bit of time but it's not that bad either. You can make a flickr account (free website), only need to do that once. There you can upload pictures, that site is made to store pictures of thousands of people. When you go to photostream and click on a picture, you have an arrow that says 'Share'. This will give you a link that allows to be pasted in a forum. It will not display as the link but it will display as the actualy picture in pretty good quality. No need to reduce the picture size. If you have a question about it, feel free to message me, because i'd love to see
  6. Koen C.

    My Sphagnum

    After almost a year i was able to obtain a lot of Sphagnum species, which nearly all grow well (Remember they shouldn't be collected in the wild). I have 5 species that are making sporophytes now and I'm sharing some pictures of them. Also notice how different they look in close up. The features that distinguish for example S. papillosum from the others become really obvious through a macro lens(robust structure and branches, broad and hooded leaves, branches are more blunt than in S. palustre, which is the most common Sphagnum among CP growers), . The same goes for S. squarrosum (the outwar
  7. Thanks, and indeed Karsty, that is what the authors of the article propose. They tried out natural resources of phosphorus like moose dung and birch litter, both setups gave germination. Contrary to big seeds, small spores don't have a reserve amount of nutrients with them. It isn't too surprising that they need some help to get started.
  8. Hello everyone, last spring I had my first sporophytes on Sphagnum. They appeared on Sphagnum fimbriatum, a monoicous species. This means a single plant can produce both male and female reproductive cells (Both eggs and sperm cells). In order to have sporophytes on the dioicous Sphagnum species, you will need both a female and a male clone, but not for this S. fimbriatum. I decided to do a little experiment and grow Sphagnum from spores. While looking in the literature I read this article: 'Habitat requirements for establishment of Sphagnum from spores' (Sundberg et al., 2002). The authors fo
  9. 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
  10. I'd love to see your results as well :)
  11. Koen C.

    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.
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    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
  13. 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.
  14. 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: