- Danger in Sphagnum -

stevebradford

Carnivorous Plant Addict
A public service warning about Sphagnum there’s a rare but potentially serious organism living in Sphagnum that can cause infection in humans. Anyone here wear gloves when handling Sphagnum? Be safe out there.


 
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stevebradford

Carnivorous Plant Addict
And don’t mess with those rose bushes either ;)

You are right but you might be missing the point.

This can live in dried store bought bales of Sphagnum, It also could colonize your moss at home. And while being a very low risk in my mind people should know of any risks.
 
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
It's always a great practice to wear gloves when dealing with soil ingredients and even when handling plants. Wear mask when mixing ingredients like dried peat and perlite too!
 

FlyTrapKing

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Wow. Ive never heard of this before. I have had cuts while working with peatmoss, and later got a small rash type thing around the cut. By the sounds of it, this bacteria is pretty rare and likely NOT what i had, but from now on if i have cuts i will be more cautious and wear gloves. Peat moss aswell as perlite dust can be pretty irritating to your skin if you have sensitive skin.
 
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