BESGROW - PREMIER LENGTH - LONG FIBER NEW ZEALAND SPHAGNUM CRISTATUM MOSS - AVG. 50% 150MM STRANDS - VARIOUS SIZES
Spagmoss is recognized worldwide as a premium product for the reptile/amphibian hobbyists, and the orchid growing industry. It grows naturally in the wetlands of New Zealand’s South Island, also known as Te Waipounamu. The moss is renowned for being long lasting with an excellent water holding capacity (20 times its own weight in water).
*All of our Spagmoss products are harvested from fully renewable resources and managed for future sustainability.
100 gram = 7.57L / 2.00 US GAL when hydrated
150 gram = 12L / 3.17 US GAL when hydrated
New Zealand Sphagnum cristatum moss is commonly used as an orchid growing medium, Seed Starter, and a rooting medium for mounted terrarium plants. It is also often mixed in combination with other mediums to loosen up heavy clay soils while creating air pockets for beneficial biological organisms to thrive. It also helps drain water, improving drainage around plant roots, keeping them from becoming waterlogged. At the same time, it increases the soil’s ability to retain nutrients and moisture.
Sphagnum cristatum moss also contains a naturally occurring antibiotic called Tropolene, used for centuries as a wound dressing for its ability to inhibit the growth of dangerous non-beneficial bacteria and fungi.
New Zealand Sphagnum cristatum moss is harvested from carefully managed, sustainable swamps. It’s carefully hand-picked, naturally air dried, and cleaned through a series of both mechanical and manual techniques to ensure a maximum Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of 96%.
Because this is a naturally harvested product, it may contain remnants of small twigs. Our Classic length New Zealand Sphagnum contains strands averaging 100mm long throughout 70% of the product package. New Zealand Sphagnum cristatum moss has a light brown/cream coloration with some green tips. Please note that this product is compressed and packaged dry. Before use, it must be thoroughly moistened, which will considerably expand its weight and volume.
There are approximately 120 species of sphagnum moss found throughout the world. The physical characteristics and intrinsic qualities (i.e. chemical properties) of these different species can vary greatly. Characteristics of sphagnum moss that are of interest to most users include color, strand length, strand strength and durability, salt accumulation and chemical properties.
*Please avoid using city water straight from the tap when preparing your substrate mixtures and watering your plants. Most municipalities don’t soften water in a central location before providing it to your home. City water also contains additives like chlorine and fluoride commonly used by your local municipal treatment plant to make our drinking water safe and to keep your teeth healthy. While they make it safe for humans to drink, these additives will destroy the biological diversity of organisms that play an important role in root health and plant growth. It is best to use rain water, well water, or filtered R.O. water. If those options are not available, you can use a water dechlorinator/conditioner such as "Tetra Aquasafe" or a similar product.
One of the most important things to remember when comparing and choosing sphagnum moss is that different species grow in different regions around the globe. So it is important to understand which species are most likely to come from which regions. The table below outlines some of the popular species on the market today, along with a comparative summary of their key characteristics and qualities.
Watch the video to see how the briquette expands when hydrated.