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Anyone ever freeze sphagnum moss

Recently split a nice fresh bag of sphagnum moss but not gonna need it all and wondered if freezing it was an option? If not how do you folks store it away to keep fresh?
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Is it live Sphagnum or just dried Sphagnum? If the latter it will last forever. If it's live then it would die I suspect.

If it's the normal dried 'dead' stuff just store it away, can last for years.

I would not recommend freezing it.
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Thanks, it's not the dry stuff. But is also not actively growing but is capable of doing so.
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Was thinking about this whilst lying in bed last night.

It does snow at times in areas where Sphagnum can grow but the ground doesn't freeze and the snow would be temporary in New Zealand and Tasmania (I lived in such an area when I was young).

I have also done more research and some people have had success freezing it so you could try but I think it's just a little risky for a long period of time. Just keep it most in a plastic bag in bright light somewhere? I imagine it should be ok, I know people here who collect it live and just keep it in a shed in a moist bag.

I hope I have helped.......
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Bolero,
You most certainly have helped, did a little poking around as well and think I'll just keep it moist and in a bright spot.
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well being in Tasmania and been guilty of collecting spag have seen it frozen down the west coast when I was getting it so yes it can freeze the point would be for how long
you also have to think how spag grows of you wish to keep it growing I used to keep spag in clear plastic bags keeping a bit open for air kept this way kept the spag nice and fresh here is also an important thing to remember spag does not like the direct sun I have see seen spag growing under trees I have seen it on the edge of creek beds I have seen spag on the rocks on the side of a clif with the melting snow keeping the spag moist
I can remember getting spag from queenstown tas where he spag was hard as a rock yep frozen solid that does happen a few times a winter down that way
so I had my spag in a clear plastic bag under the orchid bench
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well being in Tasmania and been guilty of collecting spag have seen it frozen down the west coast when I was getting it so yes it can freeze the point would be for how long
you also have to think how spag grows of you wish to keep it growing I used to keep spag in clear plastic bags keeping a bit open for air kept this way kept the spag nice and fresh here is also an important thing to remember spag does not like the direct sun I have see seen spag growing under trees I have seen it on the edge of creek beds I have seen spag on the rocks on the side of a clif with the melting snow keeping the spag moist
I can remember getting spag from queenstown tas where he spag was hard as a rock yep frozen solid that does happen a few times a winter down that way
so I had my spag in a clear plastic bag under the orchid bench
I hope that helps
Yes that all makes sense, the key would be how long it can stay frozen. Did you know Fred I was born in Queenstown? It may explain a lot......ha ha.
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hahaha yeah I can remember that by gee she is cold as down that way lol maybe that's why spag grows so well and a few other places.. I really have no idea how long spag can be frozen for I think it could be frozen for a couple of weeks at a time like it does when it snows down on the west coast I have tried to collect it one day down that way. I went to grab it and I was as hard as a rock ha ha ha I have kept spag for over 12 months in a clear plastic bag
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There are many different species of spaghnum, some are hardy temperate species and some are tender more tropical species. If your not sure what you have, you could spread it out in a gravel tray and keep it watered and you'll end up with more spaghnum. Its easy to grow.
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I have a couple pots of live sphagnum, native to the southeast USA *(North Carolina specifically). Mine stays outdoors and freezes every winter, and lives through it every year.

Sphagnum from different parts of the world may behave differently.
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