Mauna Kea Cloudforest Posted July 1, 2013 Report Share Posted July 1, 2013 1) Once it starts to dry out, it sucks water right out of your palms 2) Once it dries out, it's almost impossible to rewet 3) In the Winter, if you manage to keep it wet, it's the perfect medium to rot the roots right out of your palms 4) If you manage to keep it dry in the Winter like it should be, it will still suck any remaining moisture out of your palm and will be impossible to rewet. I've lost two palms now because I purchased palms from a nursery that used peat moss in their soil mix. Both palms got plenty of watering, but because i have sandy soil, the peat moss still dried up. I've been gardening with tropicals for almost 20 years now and the number of plants I have lost both in Summer and Winter because of peat moss is staggering. My cherimoyas used to get Winter root rot in that crap. Now I am loosing palms because I bought palms from nurseries that use peat moss in their potting soil. To top it off folks are destroying the environment by strip mining this stuff. So when you buy it and use it, you're contributing to the decline of our environment. If you wonder why one person is successful with a rare palm and the next person isn't, maybe it's because theirs was grown in a soil mix that contained peat moss. Rant is now over - I still hate peat moss. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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