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Which moss is better for mounting

This is a discussion on Which moss is better for mounting within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I'm particularly undecided about these Or should I use sphagnum? Totally dummy here in ...

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    Question Which moss is better for mounting

    I'm particularly undecided about these

    Or should I use sphagnum? Totally dummy here in mounting. I just like how the green sheet moss looks like but I don't know if it is a good choice vs sphagnum. Also if green moss is ok, which one is better? I don't know nothing about feather moss, I know sheet moss is used in terrariums but wouldn't the tree moss be better used in mounting as originally it grows on trees?

    Also, as a non native English speaker some things are still not clear to me - what is specimen size?

    Thanks and have a good day!

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    Typically, I have had New Zealand Sphag be recommended to me for mounting. I can't speak to the other choices you have shown.

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    I usually use sphagnum moss. Not seen other moss and not sure if they can be used. Other members could chip in

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    Stick with sphagnum. The mosses in that image are all temperate species that will not survive as a mounting material (I have tried several species), and once dead, won't hold water like sphagnum will.

    Most of the time, we get plants with just a few growths. As that plant matures, undivided, it will form a large, many-growth colony, and that is what is typically referred-to as a "specimen". It's really not a very exact description, but is more of a "you'll know it when you see it" situation.

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