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OK, so I am finally building my vivarium back ground and I was wondering if I could get the Sphagnum Peat Moss they have at Home Depot? Thanks, I'm leaving later today to Hope Depot.
 

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Those places sell a couple kinds. One is in a smaller package and has fertilizer and perlite in it. Don't get that one! The other tends to be in a very large bag (50lbs?) and is kept outback in the mulch and stones section (at the Lowe's I went to). That is peat with no additives. That's the one to get. I paid 8 bucks for it. Hope you have other uses for it, lol.

Then there is sphagnum moss in small brick shaped bags, kept in the plant section, indoors if I recall. Might as well get some of that too. There may be a couple different kinds. One is green and filled with twigs and stuff and gets ooky when wet. The other is straw colored and much cleaner. Get that one. About 5 bucks I think.
 

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Home Depot sells a 7L bag of Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss. Branded as Mosser Lee. I contacted them and they assured my it was 100% Organic. It was about $4.

That being said, it is very messy and needs to be rinsed and have alot of the "shake" removed from it. In the future I'll pay more for something that is nice and clean with little junk mixed in.
 

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I've been buying Mosser Lee for years and I'm not overly happy with it. It does have a lot of sticks and straw and just extra "junk" in there like you say. When you fluff it out it looks dirty (as I understand long fiber sphagnum, this is from the darker lower layers of sphagnum rather than the whiter top layers). Dang cheap though. Compare that to a $12 brick at petsmart of the better stuff. It's a smaller brick too if I remember right.

By the way, does anyone have a good source for cheaper higher quality sphagnum? I've tried some craft stores, but I can't seem to ever find it locally (other than pet-smart/-co)
 

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I use Better-Grow Premium Grade Orchid Moss. It has American Orchid Society on the bag. It comes in a brick like bag, similar to pet stores except larger, is good quality. Between 4-5 bucks. I find it at Lowe's and Home Depot in the plant section, near the Mosser Lee.
 

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Well then, why in the world have I been buying mosser lee all these years...

That's why. My local store doesn't carry it. I have to drive an hour to get it. Next time I drive by I'll pick some up.
 
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