Peat mosses grow in dense clumps around ponds, in marshlands and bogs, on moist acidic highlands, and on lakeshores from the tropics to the arctic. Sphagnum can influence the composition of such habitats, and some refer to it as a “habitat manipulator.” For more information, please see our workshops.


Sphagnum moss plant matter that has died and decayed and settles at the bottom of sphagnum bogs.


In your garden, apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of sphagnum peat moss and incorporate it into the top 12 inches of soil.
Use 1/3 to 2/3 peat moss in your potting soil mix or compost for containers and raised beds.
To use for seed starting, mix it 50/50 with perlite or 1/3 peat moss, perlite, and a soilless mix like Quickroot. Because sphagnum does not contain enough nutrients on its own, you will need to fertilize your starts on a regular basis with a liquid, such as Liquid Fish.


Excellent for increasing soil water retention. It has the ability to hold up to 20 times its weight in water. Good for retaining nutrients in the soil. A good source of organic matter that will gradually degrade over the course of a year or two to feed your soil.




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