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white moss for orchid plss help need advice

This is a discussion on white moss for orchid plss help need advice within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by OrchidAddict Interesting... I've had the exact opposite experience. The only moss my ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    Interesting... I've had the exact opposite experience. The only moss my orchids survive in is the cheap stuff. The "premium" moss seems to be a lot denser, and it chokes off all the roots. (It has also clogged my garbage disposal TWICE... trust me... that was not pretty!) I'm curious why we'd have such polar opposite experiences with moss... it must be something about our growing conditions. We'll probably never know... there could be a million different factors at play. Curious...
    When I pot in moss I don't pack it tightly--I leave it somewhat loose so air can get in there. Also I only use relatively small pots so they dry quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1140 View Post
    When I pot in moss I don't pack it tightly--I leave it somewhat loose so air can get in there. Also I only use relatively small pots so they dry quickly.
    Yeah, I'm an extremely "loose" packer, too. Pots need to dry out fast or fungus sets in VERY quickly when we have a damp, cool week around here, so I put just enough moss in to support the plant. The cheap stuff seems to dry out quicker than the "premium," which helps me in fighting fungus.

    But perhaps I'm misplacing the blame by attributing the problem to the moss itself, and not the big box stores I've bought the plants from. It seems all the orchids I've rescued have been in the "premium" moss, and it just strangles them. But you're right... it could just be that the vendors are packing them in way too tightly to begin with. Perhaps if it were me doing the potting, the premium stuff might work out better!


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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidhayate View Post
    i buy an moss and the name putted into it is called white moss or the white cushion moss

    i buy it dried and some of them are green almost white yellowish something like that
    for know i just wet them and put them in the top of the potting mixes. i dont like to make it an mix.

    pls help me how to revive,grow and propagate the white moss thanks
    there are so many mosses available but the only one I would recommend for orchidculture is sphagnum moss. I have heard of cushion moss or mood moss and it dries white/brown. There is also deer moss and it is white but gets very brittle when wet. It is white and cushiony out of the bag. It also looks like cotton balls.

    There is sheet moss which is green and very prolific and sometimes covers the growing medium. However it (most mosses) needs to be kept cool and wet to grow. As stated earlier moss or sphagnum moss is a neutral agent for moisture retention. You can topbdress with decorative moss when displaying

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    So, as promised here are some pictures of the moss that's growing on nearly everything in my greenhouse. If everything seems a bit wet it's because I took the pictures this morning after watering the plants.

    The orchids seem to love the moss and show improved root growth when the roots start to grow into it. As I mentioned earlier, it won't die if you fertilise your plants (though I'm not a heavy feeder in any case) and it won't die either if it dries out completely for a a while.

    The first picture is of a couple of Dendrobium falconeri seedlings I mounted onto cork last September. This was kept completely dry all winter with light spraying once a week. Once the plants produce a few more roots and attach themselves properly to the mount I will remove the fishingline that's holding them into place at the moment.

    The second picture shows an Oncidium crispum seedling on an epiweb mount. The mount was covered with a thin layer of sphagnum before adding some of the green moss on top of it.

    The third picture shows a Cirrhopetalum flaviflorum seedling I bought last spring and that's now blooming for the first time. The basket is filled with loosely packed sphagnum and then green moss was allowed to grow on top and around the outside of the basket. I have many baskets like this and I need to remove some of the green moss once or twice a year so that it doesn't swamp the smaller plants I have, like many of these miniature bulbophyllums.

    The last picture is a close up of a BLC. Chyong Guu Swan seedling in a two inch pot I bought two years ago. The pot is filled with medium bark and perlite and the seedling didn't do much last year, but now that the surface has a cover of self-sown moss the seedling is showing some nice new root growth.
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    YES everyone i put it in the dry moss for just a top dressing and for moisture actually i water my plant heavily actualy 2times a day they do not get root rot becuase they dry easily because its really hot here in the philippines and i am sure that the moss will be all green when its already the month of june because a wind system is entering our country (HOT MOIST WIND )
    and all my orchid are growing fast with this moss.

    my potting mixx is only charcoal and moss the charcoal is at the bottom and the moss for top dressing its really a great design and i will not get root problem because there are flow at the bottom becuase of charcoal



    and i dont know if the moss is providing moisture for my orchid or the moss is getting moisture on my orchid hahaha

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    Very interesting. Must try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orquiadicto View Post
    Very interesting. Must try it.
    That looks like sheet moss. I like
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