Collection: Sphagnum Moss
These rustic wood and sphaghnum moss pieces of 'furniture' are made by a California artist! They can be bought with cuttings as a DIY kit our without cuttings as just the frame.
Long-fibered sphagnum moss is a lightweight material that succulents seem to love! They root into it readily, thrive and grow. Sphagnum absorbs water quickly, allowing the cuttings to get a good drink, and then dries quickly so that they don't rot. It has natural anti-bacterial properties that help cuttings stay healthy as well.
We have used sphagnum moss wreath frames for many years, and it is interesting to see how this moss and succulents are now being used in other ways, like the chairs, birdhouses and houses you see here. Sphagnum can be mixed with soil, as the products shown here are or used alone like in our succulent wreath frames. Sphagnum and succulents are a match made in heaven and now you know why!
What is Sphagnum moss?
According to Wikipedia, Sphagnum is a genus of between 151-350 of mosses commonly called peat moss, due to its prevalence in peat bogs and mires. Bogs are dependent on precipitation as their main source of nurtients, thus making them an favorable habitat for sphagnum as it can retain water and air quite well. Members of this genus can hold large quantities of water inside their cells; some species can hold up to 20 times their dry weight in water, which is why peat moss is commonly sold as a soil conditioner. The empty cells help hold water in drier conditions. In wetter conditions the spaces contain air and help the moss float for photosynthetic purposes.
Weird Sphagnum Facts!
Sphagnum was used in World War I as a wound dressing. Sphagnum is also a good cage material for Tarantulas as it contains no insecticides and won't harm the spider.