Sphagnum Moss

Common Names: Sphagnum Moss, Sphagnum, Peat Moss, Bog Moss,

Botanical names: Numerous species, Sphagnum spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 14 days +

Storage temperatures: 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Sphagnum moss typically appears as a dense, carpet-like growth in wetlands, bogs, and moist forests. It has a vibrant green color, especially when moist, and can vary in height from a few centimeters to several inches.

Color: Shades of green and brown

Botanical facts: Sphagnum moss is found in a variety of habitats worldwide, ranging from boreal forests to tropical rainforests. It thrives in acidic, waterlogged conditions, such as peatlands, bogs, fens, and marshes.

Design notes: Sphagnum moss is often used as a base or foundation for floral arrangements. It provides stability and support for stems and other elements while also retaining moisture, keeping flowers fresh for longer periods. It can be used to conceal mechanics such as floral foam or wire grids in arrangements. It covers the base of the container or structure, creating a seamless transition between the design and its container. The texture of sphagnum moss adds visual interest and contrast to floral designs. Its fluffy, airy appearance complements the smooth surfaces of flowers and foliage, creating depth and dimension in the arrangement. Fresh Sphagnum moss can be used to create landscape or vegetative designs.

Purchasing hints: Sphagnum moss is most commonly purchased dried in bales.. Far less common is fresh Sphagnum which is purchased as mats of moss.

Conditioning: Dry Sphagnum needs to be soaked, then dried and fluffed for design usage

Additional notes: Sphagnum moss is widely harvested for various commercial purposes. It's commonly used in horticulture as a soil amendment to improve moisture retention and aeration in potting mixes.