The Q&A Archives: Killing spanish moss

Question: Will spraying spanish moss, in my maple trees with liquid copper kill the moss? How long does it take to die off?

Answer: Spanish Moss is an air-feeding epiphyte, not a parasite, so it's not living off of your trees. It grows in places with high temperatures and high humidity. Spanish Moss spreads by wind-blown seeds and when the seeds find a nice, protected area they germinate and grow. Spanish Moss is used commercially, especially by florists and craftspeople. You can remove the moss by hand. If you remove it all, especially before it flowers and sets seeds, your trees will be free of moss for a while. But, because the weather conditions are perfect for its growth, the moss will probably return. Since the moss is not damaging the trees in any way, you might reconsider and just let it grow.

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