Natural sphagnum moss is a phenomenal growing medium for bonsai artists, orchid growers, kokedama artists and even keepers of critters! It possesses excellent water retentive properties while maintaining an oxygen enriched environment in which roots flourish and will not rot. Highly effective when used in layering and as a top dressing after repotting.
- To stabilize fresh bonsai growing medium so that surface roots can develop.
- Reduces moisture loss from bonsai and other growing media.
- Help cuttings stay healthy with its antibacterial properties.
- Promotes rapid fine root development when layering plants.
- Used as linings for hanging baskets
- Substrate for canivorous, orchids or can be mixed into general growing medium to increase water retention.
- Sphagnum Moss is also a key component in Japanese Kokedama or Moss ball plantings.
How to use
General use or for orchids
Soak the sphagnum moss for about 24 hours. Squeeze out the excess water and then fluff the moss up in your hands by airing it. Plant your orchid, succulent or other by first placing some moss into the container, inserting your plant and then filling the gaps with moss. Don't compact the moss.
As a top dressing
As a top dressing for bonsai artists after repotting, to promote surface root formation, before wetting the moss chop it up or cut it up into finer pieces. Throw into a bucket of water and then scoop up some moss in your open hand and "slap" onto the surface around your bonsai tree. The layer does not need to be too thick, perhaps 5mm.
If you wish to layer a piece of a branch or a portion of a trunk then use sphagnum moss instead of other rooting mediums. Wet the moss with plain water, or with water into which you have added some liquid rooting hormone (such as Dip n Root). Squeeze out the excess and continue with the layering process as normal.
Please note. It is advisable that if you have any open cuts on your hands to work with gloves when working with sphagnum moss (or any other moss for that matter).