Long fibrous sphagnum Moss

Avery

Carnivore
Hmmm, doesn’t look like Sphagnum moss to me! But I could be wrong. I’d be weary of making a potting mix with this stuff but it would probably work well as terrarium decoration!
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivorous Plant Addict
That's not pure sphagnum. It might contain some, but it doesn't look like sphagnum is a large portion of it is existant in there at all :(
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
After googling, some Zoomed moss says New Zealand sphagnum, some says sphagnum as yours does and some just say moss. It's sort of unclear. You might want to email the company and ask what yours is.
 
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Sandywp

Sprout
I have just emailed the company. Thank you everyone for feedback and suggestions. I've attached the smaller package that specifically says "Sphagnum Moss". Will see what the company says.
 

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Sandywp

Sprout
Tails and Scales are awesome! They let me easily exchange the Terrarium Moss for NZ Sphagnum Moss.

Also, they're doing a big transition to convert over half of their space for plants and an open propogation area. Harold is excitedly bringing in hundreds of new species and even creating a dedicated section for carnivorous plants! They showed me a photo of what looks like a huge, red, venus fly trap w a wide deep throat.

They should be receiving shipments in a few weeks and space should be turned over in about a month.
 

Sandywp

Sprout
Zoomed also got back to me about the Terranium Moss:

"Thank you for contacting us. Sphagnum is a genus of over 120 species of mosses. The New Zealand sphagnum moss and the terrarium moss which is harvested in the US are just different species of sphagnum moss. The Terrarium moss does tend to be a little rougher then the NZ sphagnum moss which is why we use more of the NZ sphagnum moss in our humid hides and nesting boxes here."
 
In my experience, carnivorous plants can catch enough to feed themselves but they are not an effective pest control solution.
For fungus gnats, you can use parasitic nematodes (often marketed as "mosquito dunks") or some predatory soil mites like stratiolaelaps scimitus or similar.
Those are safe to use because they are not chemical solutions, they are organisms
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
I use the sticky yellow strips for thrips and they should work for gnats. Although gnats are excellent ping fodder.
 
I use the sticky yellow strips for thrips and they should work for gnats. Although gnats are excellent ping fodder.
Those yellow sticky traps are good for keeping fungus gnat populations down but they arent a complete solution because fungus gnats reproduce in the top layer of soil. They will keep pouring out of a pot until the source is dealt with.
So far, I haven't found anything more effective than nematodes for dealing with them.
 

Sandywp

Sprout
I tried beneficial nematodes (have gnats, spider mites, aphids, thrips, and powdery mildew in my indoor vegepod and planters).

1st the gel pellets from pot popper (Amazon.ca), wasn't sure they worked.... Must've bc I didn't get gnats for a few months.

Then tried Lawn Garden's Beneficial Nematodes (Costco.ca) but don't think they worked, after two sessions still lots of larvae and a ping full of fodder. This even after talking to the passionate owner at NIC and their entomologist.

Just bought the mosquito dunks. Wish they would dissolve faster.

My Butterwort is huge! I'm reticent to proprogate her when she's full of bugs and I NEED her right now. I think she's grown 30% over the last 2 weeks.
 

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Sandywp

Sprout
Oh, Tails and Scales got their carnivorous plants in... From Florida I think! They showed em to me straight out of the delivery box. Alex and Harold hope to have the website updated w these guys in the next few days.
 
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