Chilean Sphagnum Moss
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Sphagnum moss is a tiny, star-shaped plant that grows on the surface of the soil in a bog or swamp. It thrives in New Zealand, Chile, Greenland, Canada and other regions. It is carefully and sustainably harvested to ensure regeneration, a cycle that typically takes 5-6 years. It is also known as peat moss, although that term can also refer to a different product.
Our moss is a high quality, lightweight, naturally sterile sphagnum moss from Chile. An excellent blend for most orchids, including Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums and Oncidiums and more. WillGro Moss helps accelerate growth and reduce shock when repotting seedlings such as Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Oncidiums, and Dendrobiums. Holds 20 times its weight in water. Sphagnum moss is an excellent soil amendment!
Before using, place moss in a container of water to allow it to rehydrate completely. Use hands to squeeze excess water out. When potting, do not pack moss into the pot too tightly. The tighter the moss is packed, the less water it holds. Never allow moss to dry out completely.
Place broken clay pots, or rocks in the bottom of the pot to improve drainage. Take a handful of pre-moistened WilGro Moss, wrap it around the roots and position the plant in the pot and pack firmly but not too tightly. Add additional moss to bring the moss level up to the base of the plant. Maintain a regular fertilizer program.
Orchids in Baskets:
Follow the potting instructions for orchids. Rocks to aid drainage are not necessary. Take note: Baskets may dry out faster than pots.
Scrape cuttings, dip in a rooting hormone, and place in damp WillGro Moss. Rooting will soon occur. Remember, with rooting hormones, less is usually more, so don't "glop" it on.
Mulching House Plants:
Place a layer of damp WillGro Moss on the top of the potting mix to reduce drying. WillGro Moss can also be mixed with the potting medium to retain moisture.
Propagation is used to induce plant stems to produce roots. Select clean young shoots for best results.
Product of Chile.
- Sphagnum moss is a vital and eye-catching part of any naturalistic vivarium or container garden.
- An excellent growing medium for trees with weak roots, ie: bonsai trees.
- Used as a soil conditioner which increases the soil's capacity to hold water and nutrients.
- Use small bags of the crumbled moss as a soil-free seed starter.
- Can provide a living zone for beneficial terrarium/vivarium organisms in a properly maintained environment.
- Non-toxic to reptiles, birds, and mammals.
- Can be used for hobby models like miniature train displays, fantasy tabletop roleplaying games including Warhammer and Pathfinder, or for student projects and professional displays such as dioramas.
- Commonly used in display cases and other wooden setups for a more natural look.
- Can be used to pack bulbs such as tulips and onions.
- Looks great when used in festive wreaths and other arts and crafts!
- Makes a great gift!
Cool Bog Facts:
- Artifacts buried beneath sphagnum bogs - including mummies - may be kept in astonishingly good condition for thousands and thousands of years. If you accidentally dropped your dinner into a bog, future civilizations might find it and study it!
- Raccoons (aka "trash pandas") are one of the largest mammals able to make their homes in bogs, although moose, beaver, and river otters often visit bogs to feed or find shelter.
Want to learn more about orchids?
The Foothills Orchid Society is a great place to start if you're looking for a social group.
"THE FOOTHILLS ORCHID SOCIETY, FOUNDED IN 1987, IS COMPRISED OF A GROUP OF PASSIONATE ORCHID ENTHUSIASTS IN THE CALGARY, ALBERTA AREA. SOCIETY MEMBERS VARY IN BACKGROUND AND INTERESTS BUT ALL MEMBERS SHARE A LOVE FOR ORCHIDS AND THEIR CULTURE. IF YOU'RE IN THE CALGARY AREA AND HAVE AN INTEREST IN ORCHIDS, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY."