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Old 11-21-2008, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by exasperatus2002 View Post
This is the first time I've read someone using peat moss on orchids. I use sphagh moss but never heard of peat used on anything more then normal house/garden plants. It's also used in aquariums for lowering ph & adding tannins to the tank for soft water fish like discus & cardinal tetras. Is it used in replace of choir or sphagh for moisture retention?
Peat moss is not used in the same way sphag moss is used. It is used more like bark chips in some instances, coming in chunks and being mixed in with the usual ingredients. I use ground peat in my paph mix. It's ground up quite fine and simulates the loamy leaf litter textures found in the wild. It's also pretty nutrient rich which enables me to get away with not fertilizing. It is quite moisture retentive so in my opinion it should be used sparingly and only with plants that need ot be constantly moist.
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