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What is sphagnum source?

Source: Premier Tech Horticulture”. Most of the peat moss used in crop production comes from Canada and is composed mainly of mosses from the genus Sphagnum (of which there are 160 species of sphagnum found globally). This is where the name sphagnum peat moss is derived from.

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Also asked, what is sphagnum used for?

Decayed, dried sphagnum moss has the name of peat or peat moss. This is used as a soil conditioner which increases the soil's capacity to hold water and nutrients by increasing capillary forces and cation exchange capacity – uses that are particularly useful in gardening.

Secondly, what does sphagnum moss look like? It is a light brown color and has a fine, dry texture. Sphagnum peat moss is usually sold in compressed bales or bags. It is a very popular soil amendment because of its ability to help sandy soil hold moisture, and helps clay soil loosen up and drain better.

In this way, why Sphagnum is called bog moss?

A bog or bogland is a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, sphagnum moss. The gradual accumulation of decayed plant material in a bog functions as a carbon sink. Bogs occur where the water at the ground surface is acidic and low in nutrients.

Is Sphagnum a vascular plant?

In Sphagnum mosses both photosynthesis and the accumulation of mineral nutrients take place over the entire plant surface whereas in vascular plants these two functions are divided between shoot and root. Most Sphagnum spp.

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