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sphag·num moss

a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
Synonym(s): muskeag moss, peat moss

peat moss

1. Any moss of the large genus Sphagnum whose decomposed and compacted remains form peat. The moss is absorptive and acidic and inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Synonym: sphagnum moss
2. The decomposed and compacted remains of the mosses, used as a soil conditioner and as a dressing for wounds. It has also been used by some primitive people as a form of external menstrual protection. Synonym: sphagnum moss
See also: moss
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Comparing acclimated plants on peat moss and peat moss: clay loam soil, the plant health, rate of growth and survival percentage on peat moss acclimation substrate was better compared to peat moss: clay loam soil mixture substrate grown plants in the glass house.
Animal manure and peat decreased growth of the transplants when compared to cocopeat and sphagnum peat moss.
D' angelo et al., (1993) encontraron que en plantas ornamentales el aserrin crudo puede sustituir hasta en un 66% al peat moss en mezclas de sustratos para la produccion de plantas de calidad.
Burnham advises gardeners to fill the box with a mixture of 1/3 soil, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 compost.
Getting peat moss into your soil before you seed a new lawn is easy.
* We found that using straight peat moss as the additive tends to clog the screen after many months so now we mix the peat moss with wood shavings.
Since the terminal enjoys peat moss soil (the soil devoid of microbes), it is predicted that exports of false acacia, rose, cactus and other kinds of plants to European countries will increase from $1 million to tens of millions, Head of Flower and Plants Exporters Union in Mazandaran Province said.
In our November/December 2007 issue, we suggested using coir (pronounced "koi'er")--the fibrous outer husk of coconuts--as an ecological alternative to peat moss in your garden.
Most frequently used by the floral industry to line wire baskets, this product frequently is being confused with sphagnum peat moss, a soil conditioner known for its ability to bind sandy soils, loosen clay soils and retain water [and for its acidity that benefits bromeliads-Ed].
The area makes up about four per cent of Canada's land mass and between the muskeg ponds, it's vegetated by scattered scrawny black spruce, tamarack, small shrubs and mostly peat moss.