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How 'bout that! I've eternally been known as having a black thumb...family jokes abound. I've killed cactus (that were set up for me), air plants, pothos (out of the viv), and numerous things that normal people can plant in their yard and not even have to touch! So, I've kept my viv plants very simple because of this. Imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago, I noticed that the dried Orchid Moss that I purchased from Lowe's had started turning green! For a minute, I thought..."What the heck! What in the world's been in here that's rubbed off on the substrate??? Something's gone wrong!" But no...it's definitely growing! Here's some pics of moss that will grow even if you have a black thumb...

 

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Congrats! We're the totaly opposite then lol! I can get anything and everything to grow. That being sad everything but moss. everytime ive tried growing moss its dead with in the week! So ill be going to lowes today after the gym to see if I can pick some of this stuff up.
 

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Sorry to tell you but thats actually more of an algae then moss. It grows on wet substrates with a lot of moisture. You can see on the left picture. There is a leaf that is turning green.
On the good side, your conditions are right to grow moss. You just need some spores. If you want, Ill send you a packet that you can use in your viv. Sprinkle on your media and just wait. Its a local moss that I culture and dry. It'll come back to life in a few weeks and should last in your viv for a while.
 

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Really??? :(

But, it's starting to look so nice! I moved a bunch of leaves off of it (frog keeps moving them around though) so more of it would get light and "grow". Oh, well...if it's algae...it looks like it's part of the moss and should look really good once it covers the bottom!

What about the light green, tiny "hairs" growing out of it? I thought that was new growth??? (Visible on the right side of the right picture.)

Do you want something for the spores, Mordoria? If you'd like to send me a pm with any info I need...I'd like to give it a try. :)
 

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Yea, those little stringy grows are a type of grass that gets into the spag moss. They wont last very long.
 

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Oh well... I'll just let everyone in the family keep thinking I'm great at growing stuff in vivs! The pothos and creeping fig are doing wonderful! Lol!

Grimm...believe it or not, I cannot find anything as far as aquatic moss locally. There's just a couple of mom and pop shops close, but I've even went to Canton (45 min drive) and still can't find anything! Grrr!

Like I said...I'll settle for the algea...it's starting to look good. And Dave...answering your pm now. Thanks so much for the offer! :)

BTW...so sorry Uromastie for getting you all excited for nothing. :/http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/members/uromastie.html
 

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Thanks Bill and Chris!

...and after Casper's post...I'm still holding out hope! :)

I wonder why the Orchid Moss will grow algae...but the sphagnum moss doesn't?

Hopefully, it doesn't turn out like some tomatoes I tried to grow once. Usually, I can grow veggies...but these ones were all trashed. By the end of the summer, they looked like they were planted in nuclear waste! The only explanation I could think of was that they were planted too close to some old pipes running to the house???
 

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Pretty sure most moss sold as "orchid moss" is sphagnum. Sometimes it does green up and come back to life though....most of the time...its algae.

Thanks Bill and Chris!

...and after Casper's post...I'm still holding out hope! :)

I wonder why the Orchid Moss will grow algae...but the sphagnum moss doesn't?

Hopefully, it doesn't turn out like some tomatoes I tried to grow once. Usually, I can grow veggies...but these ones were all trashed. By the end of the summer, they looked like they were planted in nuclear waste! The only explanation I could think of was that they were planted too close to some old pipes running to the house???
 

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Iv had good luck in the past with the dried sphag moss comeing back to life
and growing quite well.

casper- have you been mixing the moss right in with the clay or are you putting in ontop after applying the clay to the viv walls?
 

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Here's the exact same stuff in the left center. You can also see some scattered to the right... I just threw a few gobs of it down and kept it moist and well lit. Took about 8 months to get to this point.

 
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