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Moss Anyone?
March 29, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Where can I get moss in Bangalore? I checked in the Osbourne Road place near Ulsoor and it was 120 bucks for a kilo!!! Is it that expensive? Is there anywhere near Koramangala/Sarjapur Road/HSR Layout/Bellandur where I can source garden supplies?

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Bangalore, India
March 30, 2011 - 8:10 am
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Hi Jamey,

It is not so expensive but made so because of demand from Orchid growers. You can check in Gandhinagar.I am afraid, its not close to any of the places you mentioned.

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March 30, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Thanks GG. I'll try Gandhinagar over the weekend.

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March 30, 2011 - 4:28 pm

@jamey, GG

what are the benefits of moss.? and what actually it is ? is it just like coco peat ?

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March 30, 2011 - 9:34 pm
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GG would be a better person to answer this. But here is a few information I had to study in my graduation years ago.

peat moss or sphagnum is actually a type of plant from the bryophyte group. It is used in gardening for its water retaintion properties.

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March 30, 2011 - 11:55 pm

I'm relatively new to Moss. And this is going to be the first time I'm using it for Orchids. My Mom uses whole coconut husks (not coco peat) and if im successful with my experiment I'm going to get it for my Mom too. I will tell you why I want to experiment with it. So i was inspired by that Bougenvilliea Bonsai post and was reading up on Bonsais in general and found this video on you tube about people using Sphagnum Moss for Bonsais in the US. So I read up on it and found out that they can hold upto 20 times their weight of water which is pretty remarkable. Also they are known to have anti-bacterial properties. So this was at the back of my mind when I went to my hometown Trivandrum for a couple of days to visit my parents. When I was there my Mom and I went to this government run nursery to get tissue culture Banana saplings(you get them for Rs.10 for each plant). While I was there my Mom told me that she usually gets her orchids from there and they have a relatively good collection and the prices are reasonable. So we asked the attender lady to show us the place and she took us to the back of the building and they had a huge area with lots of orchids. The best part was each of those plants cuttings were just Rs.25! I saw the same cuttings in the Bangalore flower show for above Rs.250 and none of them were as healthy as the ones I saw there. Anyway so I was chattig with the lady and while coming out with our hands full of cuttings we saw another greenhouse that was locked with lots of differnt varieties of Orchids but when I asked the attender lady she said that I was not allowed to go in there and that she doesnt have the permission to sell any of those plants. So I was full curious after that. So I then dilly dallyed and begged that lady to let me in to just see and after a lot of persuation she let me in that green house and it is there that I saw them using moss with orchids and it was really awesome how the plants were being grown. Therefore I decided I will use moss and see how it goes. If it goes well I will post a topic about it with pictures. Aparently you can use them for Anthuriums too. Next time I go there I will take some pictures as well so everyone can see how they are grown.

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