publication . Article . 2015

Characteristics of Eastern Canadian cultivated Sphagnum and potential use as a substitute for perlite and vermiculite in peat-based horticultural substrates

M. Aubé; M. Quenum; L.L. Ranasinghe;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2015 Journal: Mires and Peat (issn: 1819-754X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: International Mire Conservation Group and International Peat Society
Abstract
Sphagnum cultivation on harvested peatlands to meet wetland restoration objectives could be an economically feasible activity since cultivated Sphagnum has potential horticultural applications. We compared the characteristics of cultivated Sphagnum from Shippagan (Canada) with those of non-cultivated Sphagnum products from Chile, New Zealand and Canada, and assessed its potential as a perlite and vermiculite substitute in horticultural peat-based substrates. Shippagan cultivated Sphagnum was shorter than the Chilean and New Zealand products with which it was compared, yet more similar to them than to the Canadian product currently on the market. Laboratory tests...
Subjects
free text keywords: air porosity, plant growth, Sphagnum fragment size, substrate component, water retention, Ecology, QH540-549.5
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  • Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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