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Hola Kate...

This is a discussion on Hola Kate... within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; ok, so that was a pretty poor derivation of the common name of Tillandsia usneoides ...

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    Default Hola Kate...

    ok, so that was a pretty poor derivation of the common name of Tillandsia usneoides.

    The common name of this plant has an interesting beginning. It seems that the native Americans called it "tree hair". The Spaniards, as an insult to the French, who were their rivals in the New World in turn called the plants "Berbe Espagnole" - "Spanish Beards".

    The common name of "Spanish Moss" is a derivation from the above taunt.



    As you can see, I tend to use these plants to 'cover up' unsightly wire pots. They are not too good at hiding unsightly orchid leaves, though .

    They are simply draped over the pots and allowed to ramble and grow. Water and fertiliser as the plant in the wire pot gets it. That's a Stanhopea in the middle of all that.

    For more info on these plants check out:-

    The Story of The Spanish Moss

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    Love this stuff. Wish sometimes I lived down in Louisiana or Mississippi where it hangs on everything. Might make an interesting B movie....attack of the living Spanish Moss.

    I keep it dangling all around my main grow area, and hang some outside on the brick siding in the humid months of summer.

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    I really like it too. Got some growing--taking over--a vanda's roots. Pretty awesome stuff, and just a few strands of it look really nice draped across the bark mix in an orchid's pot.

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    So it seems to me that wherever it is growing naturally, it is doggone humid much of the year. I'm thinking that regular household plant environment wouldn't do for this stuff, right?

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    Hi Ronnie-Sue,

    Actually, these plants are really efficient in 'trapping' moisture in the air, and they store these in their leaves. So this ability allows the plants to withstand long dry spells.

    A spritz with a mister here and there would be all that's needed to give it enough water.
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    Matt-e, that movie could be a real horror flick... could be like that story Jason had about the orchid sucking blood.. but instead, spanish moss that starts to drape around humans... and then compltely wraps em in a cocoon like state...

    hmm, I'm freaking out already, prolly won't get any sleep tonite... *sideways glance at the s/m growing nearby*

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    I agree... I think if you have a cluster of plants, the microclimate plus an occasional misting would be enough to keep it going.

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    Here's the clump taking over that vanda:
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    Holy crap, you weren't kidding. That is amazing, and very jungle like. I'll be certain not to ever post of pic. of my spindly little clumps now. Too ashamed!

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    I was planning to get some of these moss too, but I'm not sure how resistant they are to strong winds. They look so fragile, will they survive a windy environment?

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    I know what you mean Matt, compared to the pic I put, Louis' plant is a gigantuan! And it does look fantastic!!
    Tanya, my growing environment is fairly open, wind, rain, hail.. all ravage the backyard and the plants growing on the fence, bits falls off but on the main, they withstand the ravages of nature.

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