If you have at least one sturdy tree growing on your property you can grow your own Spanish moss. Spanish moss is not considered a plant of sorts, like the ones that are grown in the ground. It’s an air plant, because it lives and feeds off the particles and nutrients floating around in the air.
Spanish moss needs lots of rain. Humidity levels should be high, if you are going to attempt to grow your own. Large trees is best to use when growing your Spanish moss. Smaller trees will be damaged by the weight.
Spanish moss will not kill your trees if you harvest it regularly. If you let the moss get to thick it will cause the limbs to break, especially after a rain. These branches, generally lower-based branches need to be harvested regularly. It is slow-growing, but you will need to watch for buildup.
Now all you need is a specimen of Spanish moss. Don’t choose a chunk of Spanish moss that is thick. Pick a piece of moss that is about the size of your hand. You can either collect it from another tree or sometimes you can find it laying on the ground after it has fallen off. All you have to do is lay it on a tree branch and it will start to grow and spread.
Spanish moss is grayish-silver in color. It will turn greenish-silver in color after a rain. It will thrive on any types of moisture, from fogs to light mists. But it does need moisture to survive.
If left to it’s own natural growing stages, Spanish moss can grow in strands up to 10 to 20 feet long. It will hang off the branches in long lacy-like clumps. If you want to keep your tree from losing its branches you will need to harvest it.
Spanish moss has no leaves and its flowers are so tiny, they are usually missed.
All you have to do is pull it off the tree to harvest the moss. Let it dry, outside, in an open space. Cover at night, or if you expect rain. If you don’t protect it from moisture after you harvest, it will take longer to dry out, or it will continue to grow.
After Spanish moss has dried, you can use it for many things. Spanish moss can be used in floral arrangements and many home decorating crafts.
Some might be skeptical about growing your own Spanish moss, because alot of trees have been damaged by it. It is only damaging if you let the moss build up. You will have some breakage of small branches, usually after a rain, but as far as large limbs, your tree shouldn’t be affected.
So if you live in the deep South, why not grow your own Spanish moss.