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Sunshine Sphagnum Peat Moss - Good or Bad for Enclosure

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by MesaSully, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. MesaSully

    MesaSully New Member

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    Has anybody used this brand of sphagnum peat moss for a sulcata enclosure?

    Sunshine Sphagnum Peat Moss
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    Any help would be appreciated.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    What does it say it consist of?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    SunShine 3 cu. ft. Peat Moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner and is excellent for growing plants, flowers and vegetables. The peat moss can be used for reseeding lawns and is OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed. The natural soil amendment comes in a compressed-volume bag that expands when opened.

    • Organic soil conditioner for growing plants, flowers and vegetables
    • Organic conditioner can be used to reseed lawns
    • 3 cu. ft. compressed-volume bag expands when opened
    • OMRI listed
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Looks good to me. Home Depot has a larger compact square bale of peat moss that is cheaper for the amount and is safe. I use it. Don't know the name of it though.
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    Thanks... Next time you buy it let me know the brand...
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    I find the peat moss to be SO dusty. Even with constant moistening, misting and just plain ol' dumping water on it. The layer of dust accumulating on fixtures and surfaces near our enclosure is unreal. We are searching for an alternative. I also found the coco coir to be dusty, not as bad, but still unacceptable for my household.
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    Carol S Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    The trick to peat moss is to thoroughly saturate it. I take a few gallon type scoops of the peat and put it in a large bucket and add a ton of water and just let it soak and get absorbed. Once wet, it makes a good moist substrate for a humid environment. Don't let it dry out. If you are having peat dust, it's way too dry.

    Peat combined with cypress mulch, and coco coir, and/or orchid bark makes a nice mixed substrate that won't break the bank.
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    Great feed back everybody. I like the soaking idea. Will try it.
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