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Hello out there in Halloween Land. My name is Ron Ortiz and I just joined. You can read my profile in the "Introduce Yourself" thread.

I am the owner of Moss4U. I will be posting tips about mosses for the haunting industry. We will try and offer tips about characteristics, applications, care, etc. You can reach us anytime with questions or comments. So here we go with our first installment.

SPANISH MOSS STAGES:

FRESH / LIVE
Florida Spanish moss is harvested out of huge oak trees, laid out on concrete, cleaned for twigs, leaves and branches, sprayed with an organic pesticide, boxed, and then shipped out. It is a live plant that needs to breathe, the boxes have holes for this reason. When you get it you should take it out of the box and fluff it up, then put back in the box. You should do this every other day or so as it need to breathe. DO NOT WATER as this will create mold. When ready to use, simply place and spread it out to your desired effect.

When Spanish moss is fresh it is very soft and pliable. When a mild wind blows, it's whispering for that special effect. It can be spread out thin or bunched together for different visual effects. It has a slight greenish gray color. Fresh Spanish moss is inexpensive.

If you choose you can place it in trees outdoors and let it continue to grow. Tips on growing will come later.

SUPER DRIED:
Spanish moss is dried by either spreading it out on the ground or concrete and sun dried, or oven rooms, or kilns. Dried Spanish moss is pliable but much stiffer than fresh. It does not flow with the breeze and has a tendency to be slightly brittle. It has a tan/gray color and cost more due to processing. Super dried moss will not grow if you put it outdoors, it is dead.

DYED:
This is the same as super dried, just dyed different colors. It has the same characteristics as the super dried, yet more expensive. It too is dead.


So there you have it, a general summary of the different stages of Spanish moss. We will be posting next time about other mosses and application practices to make it easier on you. Thanks, later.

Ron Ortiz
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Hi Ron

This is some good info, thanks for posting.

I do have one question. Do you have an image of your spanish moss next to something identifiable (i.e. like a basket ball or something) so that I could get an idea of how much 50 lbs of moss is? I looked at your site and it's hard to determine just how much moss is in each of your amounts.

I'm trying to get an idea of how much it would cost to get a good covering on the branches of the live oak in my cemetary scene.

Thanks.
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Here are some pictures of Spanish moos hanging in the bamboo to give you an idea of coverage. The pictures are before and after picking the moss out, and of myself for scale references. I am 5'11" and I picked 5 lbs and put it in a 5 lb box. Hope this helps.
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Here are some pictures of Spanish moos hanging in the bamboo to give you an idea of coverage. The pictures are before and after picking the moss out, and of myself for scale references. I am 5'11" and I picked 5 lbs and put it in a 5 lb box. Hope this helps.

Upper left - Before
Upper right - Me Before
Middle left - After picked
Middle right - 5 lb box
Bottom left - 5 lb box
Bottom right - me after picked


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