Is Spanish Moss toxic?
No, Spanish Moss is not toxic and has been used as feed for cattle and horses and has even been used as a padded covering for wounds in the past. Spanish Moss is not palatable to eat as it has a dry stringy quality to it but it may be tempting to some pets such as cats. It is best to keep the long draping foliage out of reach as pets can damage the plant.
What’s the ideal temperature?
Spanish Moss is very tolerant to indoor temperature fluctuations. The main concern with indoor growing is to avoid having low humidity during the wintertime. In areas where Spanish Moss is growing a humidifier may be required to prevent the leaves drying out. If grown outdoors, avoid allowing it to freeze though Spanish Moss can survive a light frost but only when the leaves are dry.
What’s the ideal humidity level?
When growing Spanish Moss, the higher the humidity the better. Spanish moss prefers humidity levels over 50% and may rapidly dry out in settings where humidity drops below that. Placing Spanish Moss amongst a collection of potted plants can aid in keeping local humidity high, as can growing it over water. Consider locations like a window in the bathroom where there can be more ambient humidity from the enclosed space and a frequently used shower.
Does it purify the air?
Yes! Spanish Moss can be grown as an air purifying plant but care must be taken as Spanish Moss is very sensitive to poor air quality. In areas of the house such as a kitchen the vapor of cooking can negatively affect Spanish Mosses leaves causing damage to the plant. Luckily the recommended watering method for Spanish Moss is to dip the entire plant into water, and this process helps clean and maintain its leaves.