|AS I've said many
times, sphagnum moss is by far the best
rooting medium on the planet, and fresh, live
sphagnum beats the dried stuff hands down.
Sphagnum is built largely of 'barrel' cells
which can retain vast amounts of moisture, but
the branched structure ensures more than
enough air spaces when used in association
The zinc based antiseptic properties of
sphagnum moss - a naturally occurring
antibiotic called tropolene - destroy the anaerobic bacteria that cause
root decay. Live sphagnum was used as a
wound dressing in field hospitals during the first
and early part of the second world wars. It is the
only organic packing material permitted by the USDA for
bare rooted, imported plants.
When dried, especially when kiln dried, sphagnum
loses its antiseptic properties and the collapsed
barrel cells are not so efficient at storing
moisture or maintaining an open structure.
Whatever you use sphagnum moss for, live moss will
out-perform the dry dead version by a high margin,
moss for Bonsai - roots love it!
Air layering - nothing works better than
live sphagnum moss.
As a top dressing on newly repotted trees
to encourage roots to colonize the top layers of
As an organic soil component -
retains water but drains well, will not compact,
helps prevent root decay!
As a recovery medium - weakened
trees recover quickly when planted in pure, live
As a 'band-aid' for bonsai - wrap
weakened or broken branches or fragile live veins
in moist live sphagnum to keep them turgid and
I can now offer responsibly harvested live
sphagnum moss. It can only be gathered during
October to early November, and during May to
mid-June, depending on the season. Although there
is an abundance, I harvest no more than twenty
percent from any one mound. Since supplies may be
limited, orders will be filled on
a first come, first
How to store
Because of the unpredictability of supply, it's
best to order right now, but
freshly-gathered sphagnum will live perfectly well
in its unopened bag for several months, often up
to a year, if kept outside in semi-shade.
Opened bags can be taped closed to prevent
Grow your own
Sphagnum moss colony
You can grow your own sphagnum easily using some
of the moss I send you: Simply put a few inches of
peat in the bottom of a wash bowl, oil pan, or
similar, and lay the sphagnum green side up on
top, nestling the underside into the peat a
little. Top up with water, place in semi-shade and
keep the peat saturated at all times. Within a
year or so a couple of small, baseball-size clumps
should fill the entire bowl.
Neither freezing temperatures, snow nor solid ice
will deter your moss from growing.
me with your order now to ensure you have a supply on hand for spring.