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    Spanish Moss

    I ordered two bunches of Spanish Moss from a vendor back in December and it hasn't grown a single bit, but it flowered during the summer. It is the thick variation of the species, not the thin. It is definitely alive, kinda greenish-gray... I really like the look it adds to my greenhouse and I want it to grow so I can decorate with it, but it just won't grow at all! My humidity has been 90% at night and anywhere between 50-60% at the hottest part of the day, and now it is 70% at lowest during the day with my new swamp cooler. I used to mist it and fertilize it, but I stopped months ago after no apparent growth. It is in my highland greenhouse growing with my neps, so it gets natural sunlight.

    What can I do to make it grow? Also, is the packaged Spanish Moss that they sell at Home Depot or Lowes living, or is it dried? It looks the greenish-gray that living Spanish Moss does.

    TIA!

    EDIT: Nights between 50-60F, days between 70-80F.

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    Niemand?

    Somebody has to grow this stuff, or at least know if the packaged stuff is living...

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    Try caring for it like a common tillandsia, I mean try submerging all of it in clean, not tap water for one whole night until morning for one day of each week as a watering schedule. Tillandsia relatives(including Spanish moss and bromeliads) usually grow painfully slow. If it does not grow PERIOD, sorry, you have a dead clump of Spanish moss...

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    I've heard people put moss in a blender with buttermilk and gel to paint it onto a surface, and it lives off the milk's nutrients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundrew View Post
    I've heard people put moss in a blender with buttermilk and gel to paint it onto a surface, and it lives off the milk's nutrients.
    Spanish moss is a terrible name for this plant. It's a Tillandsia and not your common moss.

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    Sorry, I didn't realize.

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    I collected a lot of Spanish moss off my property in Louisiana. Even offered it as a giveaway here but oddly there wasn't any takers.
    Mine has been growing well. I keep it in the corners of my growing areas. Slightly in the shade and where it more moist.

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    Pine think about where it grows naturally, heavily shaded understories of trees, full sun is just gonna fry it. But I think your humidity is good and I would use JMN's watering schedule that seems like a good idea.
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