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Eugene, Oregon
jodypeabod
Jan 20, 2018 3:38 PM CST
I accidently broke off a few little pieces from my hanging spanish moss plant.
Will they continue to grow and how best to display or keep them while they continue to grow and get long enough to add them back to the "bunch" they broke off from?
BTW, I keep my spanish moss in the house.
Thanks,
jodypeabod
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porkpal
Jan 20, 2018 3:45 PM CST
I don't know whether they will grow in the house - does the rest of it continue to grow? However if you stick it outside in a handy tree it will probably grow again.
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2018 3:46 PM CST
I'm mot sure of the growth rate of Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) as I don't pay much attention to it. It hangs from trees here in Florida and I've ripped bunches apart before to use around a few bromeliad and orchid plants out in the garden but I've never paid any attention to how fast it grows. If you have real small pieces, maybe you can just stick them back in the original bunch and let them do their thing.
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Eugene, Oregon
jodypeabod
Jan 20, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Thanks for posting the pictures of spanish moss growing in FL. Here in Oregon it needs to be kept indoors through the winter as it can't take a frost.
It's extremely hard to come by up here but I found a small garden type store, not a nursery, that gets it in every now and then. They told me it comes from FL. and they can only get a small amount at a time.
Right now I have the pieces in a strainer sitting over a bowl of water for humidity. Of course, the strainer is not in contact with the water. I'll keep them like that and see if they start to grow, but I was hoping someone could suggest a way to display them that was more attractive than in a strainer. LOL
Anyway, thanks to porkpal and plantladylin for your imput.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2018 4:42 PM CST
If you have a Home Depot nearby, check their indoor garden center area (usually where they have orchid supplies.) They sell it in bags for $3.97. Here's a photo on their website: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Mo...

It's so abundant around Florida that I was stunned when someone told me that you could buy it at HD. I was in disbelief, so the next time I went to buy orchid bark, I looked and there it was! Green Grin!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2018 4:52 PM CST
I once had a large pieces of driftwood that I attached bromeliads to and draped spanish moss around the plants ... wish I still had a photo but I lost tons of files and pictures when my laptop crashed awhile back. (makes me realize, I really need to do a backup!) I also once took a grapevine wreath and wrapped it with spanish moss and put small air plants on it. Here's a photo of an old metal bird feeder that I stuffed with spanish moss and stuck cryptanthus plants in it.
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Google "Decorating with Spanish Moss" and you might find some display ideas.

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ScotTi
Jan 20, 2018 4:56 PM CST
I have read that Spanish Moss can take temps down to 15f ( but I believe even a little lower) and in its native US range spreads north along the east coast into VA. The first time I saw Spanish Moss growing wild was in First Landing Park VA Beach. Humidity plays a important role in its survival.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Plumerias Dog Lover
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ScotTi
Jan 20, 2018 5:07 PM CST
plantladylin said:I once had a large pieces of driftwood that I attached bromeliads to and draped spanish moss around the plants ... wish I still had a photo but I lost tons of files and pictures when my laptop crashed awhile back. (makes me realize, I really need to do a backup!) I also once took a grapevine wreath and wrapped it with spanish moss and put small air plants on it. Here's a photo of an old metal bird feeder that I stuffed with spanish moss and stuck cryptanthus plants in it.
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Google "Decorating with Spanish Moss" and you might find some display ideas.


Lin, You just gave me an idea. Thanks!
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vitrsna
Jan 20, 2018 6:11 PM CST
If i remember correctly, if you want to take a trip to the ocean along the Umpqua River, there are quite a few trees with spanish moss growing on them.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Scot, you are very welcome! You grow some awesome Broms and I hope to see photos of your completed creation!
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