publication . Article . 2017

Sphagnum moss as a growing media constituent: some effects of harvesting, processing and storage

S. Kumar;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2017 Journal: Mires and Peat (issn: 1819-754X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: International Mire Conservation Group and International Peat Society
Abstract
The Sphagnum material used in horticulture so far has been harvested manually, and most of the available data about Sphagnum properties have been obtained from this material. A question that remains unanswered is how changes during harvesting and processing, as well as the use of mechanical methods, affect the important properties of Sphagnum moss as a growing media constituent. Some of the effects have been evaluated in Sphagnum farming projects in Germany during the past ten years, and are described in this article. Different possibilities for drying, screening and cleaning the Sphagnum material are described. The results obtained indicate that Sphagnum moss c...
Subjects
free text keywords: drying methods, paludiculture, quality criteria, screening, Sphagnum field, Ecology, QH540-549.5
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