I have heard expert gardeners praise sphagnum moss. Why is it so wonderful, and what is it used for?

Sphagnum is a dried bog moss, very useful for:

  1. Air layering.
  2. As a soil medium for insectivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap.
  3. Sometimes as a substitute for osmunda in growing orchids and bromeliads.
  4. Shredded fine, as an outstanding medium in which to sow seeds because it is sterile, holds moisture, and permits easy transplanting of seedlings. Of course, it will not sustain the growth of plants for long unless nutrients are applied.

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