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Oct 30, 2021 6:13 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Has anyone grown Spanish moss as a houseplant, it being a Tillandsia after all. If so, how did you do it?
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Oct 30, 2021 6:29 PM CST
Name: Gina
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No because it grows wild here and is generally home to many insects (including itch mites) and sometimes birds and bats
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Oct 30, 2021 9:17 PM CST

Grown it, no.

I have collected native lace lichen, sterilized it, and used on top of ficus and woody philodendrons though ( I know, totally different than what you're asking, sorry).

Laid loosely over the soil and inner pot of a planter.

Hides the pot, holds in moisture and looks great.
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Oct 30, 2021 9:43 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I have it growing in my greenhouse. I'm not sure how you would make it grow as a house plant though.
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Oct 30, 2021 11:15 PM CST

DaisyI said:I have it growing in my greenhouse. I'm not sure how you would make it grow as a house plant though.


Very cool. How so?

On plant limbs or on its own?
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Oct 31, 2021 12:34 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Clipped to the wall and it drifts down between shelves and plants. I use little pieces to add a little moisture to orchids in baskets too. Sphagnum stays too wet. I'll try to take a photo tomorrow.
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Oct 31, 2021 5:57 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Thanks for the comments, looking forward to the pictures..
I know my Spanish moss may not really 'grow', and am not sure how I'd 'display' it, or put it in the coffee bush and mist it, or put it in a terrarium like container.. Shrug! It seemed like a fun souvenir of a trip- minus the itch mites of course.. Blinking

Lace lichen..we don't have that here. I've found something I thought was called reindeer lichen, makes the cute silvery fluffball on the forest floor? https://www.britannica.com/sci...
That would be pretty on the indoor pots.
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Oct 31, 2021 6:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
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From
https://www.bromeliads.info/sp...

Spanish moss can be cultivated in a green house. The tiny plants would be difficult to grow in a home because of the humidity and heat they require. Their ideal temperature is around 70 degrees. They will survive down to 22 degrees, but require at least 300 frost free days in a year. To start Spanish moss simply attach a plantling to a slab of bark. They are relatively slow growing and are not likely to flower in cultivation. Misting the plants once a week should provide enough moisture for the plants to grow.

Just had a thought- when I replace the stick for my Philodendron to keep growing up, I could stick some Sp moss on it. May not thrive but.. cover the plant ties.
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Oct 31, 2021 6:41 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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300 frost free days a year describes how it takes over the trees here in the south LOL. Some people pay money to actually have their trees demised because the trailers of Spanish moss can get over 10 ft long. And it gets HEAVY when its like that. Once during a pop up severe thunderstorm the wind broke off a large branch out of a tree that had a trailer of moss about 5-6 ft long on it and it landed in our pool. When I fished it out, there was a colony of about a dozen Mexican Freetail bats living in there. I hung the whole branch back up in another tree so they could decided to stay or go somewhere else. They were so cute
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Oct 31, 2021 7:18 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I have grown it in a greenhouse where it thrived!! Bright light, humidity and good air movement are the things that it needs the most.
I just grew it in clumps hanging from a heavy gauge piece of wire, nothing else. I never watered it. I figured that the humidity in the greenhouse would take care of that. My Long Island greenhouse had a humidity range of maybe 45-60 % depending upon season. It typically doubled in size within a year. I gave all of that extra growth away!
In SW Florida it was more like HOW NOT TO GROW IT!!!

I think that the success with hang upon humidity. How do you get enough water to something that is lacking a root system??
You could soak it in a tray or large bucket every day but I would grow tired of that chore quickly.
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Oct 31, 2021 3:55 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Air plants are covered with trichomes, the structure through which they absorb water. To water, spritz with a squirt bottle to get it wet, as if it was raining.

When I find pieces that have fallen on the ground, only the tip is still alive. The tips can stay alive laying across another plant where it/they will get plenty of light, if you can remember to spritz at least weekly. I've kept some going for a year or so a couple of times but it's wasn't very satisfying.

Bill's wire suggestion would probably be the most interesting. It could hang right in a window by a suction cup because it shouldn't weigh very much, or from fishing line from the ceiling. You could jazz it up with some beads, or a fan pull.
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Oct 31, 2021 4:45 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Here is a photo of the bottom half of mine - about 4 feet's worth. There's another couple feet above but its the old part of the plant and mostly brown. It also crawls around on the shelf behind the Tillandsia (at the top) before finding its way through. Yes, that's a formerly Schomburgkia orchid buried in the moss. Its a little bluer than it shows but I had to turn on the flash - too dark in that corner. I've had it since I moved to Reno 8 years ago. A friend in my old town said you can't start a new greenhouse without a piece of Spanish Moss. I wish I had a photo of her greenhouse as there were curtains of moss hanging from the whole ceiling with her Cattleyas hanging in between, then benches with more plants. It was amazing (but hard to walk through Rolling on the floor laughing )
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Nov 6, 2021 2:26 PM CST

What a GREAT IDEA!! I live in the Florida panhandle and I'm sure I can find some near me. I really enjoyed all the comments and suggestions. I have an 8X10 greenhouse and it is my joy Smiling Thank you all! I tip my hat to you.
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Nov 6, 2021 2:37 PM CST
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Hey Patty...I'm in the FL panhandle too, Fountain...where abouts are you?
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Nov 8, 2021 10:38 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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I can almost see the PH from my house. LOL! 18 miles south.
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Nov 9, 2021 11:17 PM CST

Great outdoor spaces!.

Loving the pictures, thank you.
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Nov 9, 2021 11:47 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Humboldt said:Great outdoor spaces!.

Loving the pictures, thank you.


There's only one photo and its an indoor space. Confused
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Nov 10, 2021 12:07 AM CST

DaisyI said:

There's only one photo and its an indoor space. Confused


Long day, my bad.

In my feeble defense, your picture looks like an outdoor greenhouse or porch.
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Nov 10, 2021 3:24 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Its a greenhouse, in my area definitely an indoor space. Smiling Here's a little more backed up photo. The moss in the first photo is behind the moss most visible in this photo.

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