With Feeding, Less is More

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With Feeding, Less is More

Postby raybark » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:10 pm

I posted this on other forums as "Ignorance is Bliss". Or shall I say "Ignoring it" is apparently "Bliss"?

So I have this "seedling incubator" in my basement. 3' x 6' x 4' tall, it is illuminated by two 4' Philips Blue/Far Red LED strips on a 14 hr/day timer, and watered 2x a day for 90 seconds with a Mist King system that sprays nothing but pure RO. Definitely an extreme case of "Less is More" on the feeding front.

In February of last year, I got in a bunch of Amesiella monticola plugs that were blooming size. I put them in sphagnum in 3" net pots, watered them in with KelpMax & Inocucor Garden Solution, and sold most of them right away. There was one that was the "runt of the litter", so I stuck it in the incubator.

In the 13 months I've had it, this plant has seen nothing but pure water after that initial watering. I have absolutely ignored it - I actually forgot it was in there.

The moss is growing wild, but the plant is apparently pretty happy, having one open blossom and two buds.

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Re: With Feeding, Less is More

Postby pforrester1 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:50 pm

Do you buy live moss?

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Re: With Feeding, Less is More

Postby raybark » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:32 am

Do you buy live moss?
No, Pam.

Most dried sphagnum has enough spores in it, that given the right conditions, it will germinate as grow by itself.

To the best I can tell from my experience, those conditions are bright light and pure water.
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