JUST A FEW THING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Installing and keeping it healthy
|The very first thing to do. The order was made, the shipment received and here is the UPS
guy. So you got this huge box and in it is a plastic bag full of what looks like lawn clipping.
Wrong, that's the Spanish Moss. It is shipped moist so it will arrive healthy and ready to hang.
Healthy Moist Spanish Moss is a light green color, that's good. Do not let the Spanish Moss sit
in the bag more than a few days. The moist Spanish Moss will mold if it's not dried out before
storing. My advice, if you are going to store it, dry it out, then place it back in the box without
the plastic bag. Drying it before storing goes double for those using the Spanish Moss for Arts
and Crafts. Live Spanish moss will mold if you store it damp. Not good. Most floral designers
prefer having their arrangements not grow fuzzie black mold or smell like a sox. It only take a
few hours to dry enough to store. Do Not store it in bags until it is dry. Keep it dry.
OK.....ALL YOU ARTS AND CRAFT PEOPLE. CLASS OVER. Go back to being artsie or
craftie or just go do something else. The rest of this is for the Landcrafters.
|NOW THE FUN PART
FOR ALL YOU LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
let's kinda start over here
|Take the Spanish Moss out of the plastic as soon as you can. The sooner the better. Spread it out
somewhere and wet it with a hose. Let the moss breathe for a little while. Fluff it up to get a little air
flow. * Note. During extreme hot weather from July till September. We will ship our moss out of the
plastic, loose in the box. The moss will arrive a little dry. Good. This is to prevent heat burn during
shipping. Water the moss and let it breathe for a few hours before install.
MOSS HANGING, IS THIS A NEW ART FORM......Hmmmmmmmm?
This is how I do it. I'm sure you can come up with different ways to do this. Installing Spanish
moss is not Rocket science here. I usually put it in a wheelbarrow and take it to the area to hang. If
you have a paint roller extension pole things are a lot easier and safer than getting on a ladder.
Just grab a handful and gently separate the strands, If you break some. Doesn't matter. The broken
pieces will grow too. Using (hopefully) the paint extension pole place some of the moss as high as
you can reach. Work your way around the tree and down. Just like Christmas tree tassels when
you were a kid. Try to get as much as you can in the mid to lower branches of the tree, mostly on
the outside edges of the tree. ON THE BRANCHES NOT THE LEAVES. It's going to grow down
you know, and likes the sunlight.
Wet it again with a garden hose. This helps seat the Spanish Moss to the limbs of the tree. Some is
going to fall. Just keep putting it back up till it finds a good hang. The tiny leaves have a rough
surface and hang on pretty good anyway. Sounds easy, Huh.
If that was the only tree to hang. Go ahead, Grab that white Panama wide brim hat. Mix up a big
batch of Mint Julep, Kick back on the patio and admire your artistic talents. Soon you to will be
humming Dixie, mumbling southern sounding words and knowing you really don't need the land of
cotton anyhow. With all those copper headed, rattle mouth moccasin snakes and Gators that try to
eat your fine hunting dogs. Heck, you got the best part right there in your trees. The Spanish
moss, the full moon, warm breeze through the trees, and of course that high octane mint julep.
|BASIC REGIONAL CARE
WILL IT GROW WHERE I LIVE
|I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THIS AIR PLANT FOR A LONG TIME. I have it growing all over the
USA and most European countries. YES IT IS A LOW COUNTY AIR PLANT. But, like all plants, if
you give it what it needs. It will grow.
First off It does not have to be near water to thrive. But it needs water. Water it about like you do
your lawn. Spanish Moss stores water and can sustain long dry spells without it. It simply goes
dormant. It can remain dormant for long periods and still live. If it dies. It has already repopulated
itself with tiny seeds in the V of the leaf core connections. So when it gets moisture again. It
regrows attached to the same core and continues it way along and down. (This is the big But here.)
BUT, it stops growing and blooming during these dry periods. No Water, No blooms, no seeds. The
cycle can be broken. Oh yeah, Never water Spanish Moss in the direct sunlight. It can, as with all
plants burn it.
THE SPANISH MOSS SOUP.
Here is a good one that will help Spanish moss if it's not growing well in your area. Mix up a batch
of decayed plant mulch. Add some water, let it sit overnight. Strain off the water and with a sprayer.
Apply a good coating to the Moss. This will give it a little nutrient boost. All of Spanish Moss
nutrient needs are absorbed from the air and rainwater run off from the trees and foliage it's
attached to. The darker color the soup mix, The better, no cooking required. (If I had to cook it, the
Spanish moss would leave for newer parts of town). Another little helper. When watering the moss,
let the water drip from the trees onto the moss. Just spraying the Spanish Moss can remove some
of it's captured nutrients. It captures decayed plant particles on it's rough leaf surface. Spanish
Moss can be watered to death.
REALLY COLD AREAS
The cold weather really doesn't hurt Spanish moss that much. Yep, It stop growing below fifty
degrees and goes dormant. When it freezes, It dies. Here we are, right back with the seed thing
attached to the core. It will come back in the spring and continue to grow. The biggest problem I
have seen is Ice build up bringing it to the ground. If it does, don't let it lay on the ground too long
after it thaws up, again it can mold. That kills the seeds and surviving growth. Either put it back in
the tree or store it somewhere till the warmer weather returns. I had a lady in Vermont ( sorry Cindy)
that took most of her Spanish moss down in the winter. That is nuts. Just leave it alone and get it
off the ground if it falls. The moss in the tree will come back.
I don't care where you live, If you give it a little care it will thrive. If you don't, it's going to go to
Spanish moss heaven. (A birds nest, or something.)
REDBUGS, CHIGGERS, TICKS AND OTHER NASTY LITTLE CRITTERS. Spanish Moss is not going
to become a habitat for these pest any more than your existing foliage. If you already have them on
your property. Get rid of them. Pyretheum gets rid of them. The university of Alabama, Florida, and
Georgia did a study of Spanish Moss and found that the Spanish moss had less numbers of these
critters than the limbs and leaves around it.
Our Spanish Moss is treated before we bring it into the sheds, during it's stay in our sheds, and
prior to shipping.
If you require Untreated Spanish Moss. Let us know WHEN OR BEFORE ordering. Untreated
comes from our untreated sheds, and is processed prior to shipping to remove any pyretheum. If
you are using our Spanish Moss for Aviary, animal or Reptile habitat. Untreated is what you need.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HAS PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
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