New Zealand Sphagnum moss is a versatile product renowned for its remarkable natural properties; it is long lasting with an excellent water holding capacity.
Besgrow Spagmoss is available in many different grades and specifically designed products to suit your requirements.
It is commonly used
- By commercial and hobby growers in the cultivation of various orchid species.
- As a decorative enhancement.
- In the Floristry industry.
- For assisting with young plant growth.
- By carnivorous plant growers.
- For reptile bedding.
- As an additive to increase water holding in other substrates.
To ensure Besgrow provide you with only the highest Spagmoss products we have long-established quality control procedures in place. Throughout production Sphagnum moss is monitored to ensure the product meets our quality standards. As Besgrow Spagmoss products are harvested from carefully managed, sustainable swamps you can be confident that Besgrow products will always be available to you.
Deep on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, water flows from the spectacular Southern Alps feeding the natural habitat of Sphagnum moss. From this pristine environment we harvest Sphagnum cristatum and Sphagnum subnitens to produce Spagmoss.
The natural beneficial properties of New Zealand sphagnum are enhanced by our exceptional production processes. The labour intensive process begins when the moss is hand picked from swamps which are dedicated to the farming of Sphagnum moss. After being extracted from the swamp by helicopter it is transported to Coastpak where the second phase of the processing begins.
Besgrow Spagmoss is naturally air dried to preserve the optimal quality of the moss. Spagmoss passes through a series of cleaning techniques, both mechanical and manual, where contamination is removed. Cleaned moss is packed into various sizes to be shipped worldwide.
Premium commercial grade, S. cristatum; easy for root wrapping with length of 400mm+. Light browns, creams and light green colours with some green tips.
Commercial grade, S. cristatum; easy for root wrapping with length of 300mm+. Light browns, creams and light green colours with some green tips.
Commercial grade, S. cristatum, length of 175mm for 70% of the product. Light browns, creams and light green colours with some green tips.
Commercial grade, S. cristatum, length of at least 150mm for 50% of the product. Light browns/cream colour with some green tips.
Commercial and standard retail, S. cristatum, length of 100mm for 70% of the product colour light brown/cream some green tips.
Retail, blend of S. cristatum and S. subnitens length of 100mm for 80% of the product browns/creams/pinks.
Blend of S. cristatum and S. subnitens petals used for increased water holding ability. Petalss are most commonly used in mixes when a higher WHC is required.
Besgrow Fresh Moss is popular choice for growing carnivorous plants as it will continue to grow in the right conditions. It can also be used in all the same ways as dried moss. Besgrow Fresh Moss is carefully harvested, moderately cleaned and then packed ensuring Fresh Moss is ready to use straight out of the bag. Fresh moss has good strand length and maintains its structure for many years.
|Strands||Large, robust leaf and long stem||Dense leaf but short strands||Fragile leaf and short strands|
|Structure||Strong structure||Reasonably strong structure||Weak structure|
|Chemical Properties||Natural pH, 4.8 with an EC of 0.1mS/cm.||Natural pH, 4.8 but inconsistent EC of between 0.1-0.5mS/cm.||High pH and high EC|
|Salt Accumulation||Will hold onto nutrients for the plant but not accumulate harsh salts||Potential to accumulate salts when nutrients applied.||Can easily accumulate salts when nutrients are applied|
|AFP||Strong structure means it won’t become over compacted in the pot.||Dense leaf hugging stem means it may have lower AFP when compacted in the pot||Provides little air to the plant when compacted tightly in the pot|
|Contamination||Minimal amounts of contamination dependant on grade||Minimal amounts of contamination dependant on grade||Can contain contaminants which break down quickly in the pot consuming nitrogen. Can effect plant growth and cause pathogenic problems.|
|Sterility||Sterile substrate, protecting plants from pathogens||Generally a sterile substrate but can harbour Sporotrichosis (fungal pathogen to humans)||Unsterile substrate; sterilisation is recommended before use due to a high level of contamination|
|Logevity in pot||Robust nature allows it to last long time in the pot (4-5 years)||Shorter, less robust strands and smaller leaf structure lessen the longevity in the pot (2-3 years)||Due to contamination and the fragility of the moss it can break down very quickly (9-12 months)|
Is Sphagnum moss and peat moss the same?
Sphagnum moss is sometimes referred to as peat moss however do not confuse the two, they are completely different. Sphagnum moss is the live moss growing on the top of the swamp and peat moss is the decaying matter below the swamp surface.
It takes thousands of years for peat moss to form. Harvesting peat moss involves digging up swamp land, destroying the potential for future regeneration. It is not environmentally friendly to harvest the peat, nor is it sustainable.
Sphagnum moss is carefully harvested by hand to ensure swamps are able to regenerate. The regeneration cycle takes 5-6 years, depending on the desired grade of moss and swamp conditions. Sphagnum moss is a renewable, sustainable product.
Why do I sometimes find prickles in my moss?
As Sphagnum moss is a natural resource there are aspects of the moss and its surroundings which can cause contamination. Gorse is a prominent species growing in many of the swamps. The majority of gorse contamination is removed during production however some pieces still remain. Gorse is typically only found in our lower moss grades.
To re-hydrate Spagmoss simply soak in water; use warm water for best results. The moss will increase in size slightly while absorbing. Gently squeeze out any excess water before use. It is best that you only hydrate as much moss as you need to use.
What can Sphagnum moss be used for apart from growing orchids?
Sphagnum moss is often used by gardeners to line hanging baskets, make floral wreaths and fill topiary frames. Spagmoss can be used for growing carnivorous plants and bonsai and has also been used for reptile bedding. You can lay Spagmoss around the tops of houseplants to help retain moisture allowing more time between watering.