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Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
idont havemuch-but ihave everything
Mar 1, 2012 2:33 AM CST
|Can anyone explain ,why the moss and lichen builds up above the soil in seedling boxes?I tend to peel it away and top dress with good quality mix[ i found 6, L. Pomponium bulbs under some today]That made me happy
lily freaks are not geeks!
Mar 1, 2012 1:29 PM CST
|I don't have an answer, but I have the same problem. I just clean it up and add soil if needed.|
Mar 1, 2012 1:58 PM CST
|There is just good conditions for moss and fungal spores and algae to grow. Yes, you have to be very careful about peeling away the growth. Sometimes you can pull up tiny bulbs or plants along with, and you never know if your pulling out ungerminated seeds...
Most of my pots have chic grit layered over the surface. Spores and algae need sun, moisture and fertility to grow. the gravel deprives them of this. I used to only use the grit layer on my alpines, as it is needed for most of that seed germination, but now I do for virtually everything, especially seeds that I don't expect to sprout for another year or more.
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