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BALL MOSS (Tillandsia recurvata)


Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as Ball Moss, is a flowering plant (not a true moss) that grows upon larger host plants. It grows well in areas with low light, little airflow, and high humidity, which is commonly provided by southern shade trees, often the Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana). Ballmoss is a member of the bromeliad or pineapple family (family Bromeliaceae). Bromeliads are epiphytic (rarely terrestrial) scurfy herbs, with generally stiff, long leaves and flowers, often in long clusters with conspicuously colored bracts. The family contains about 59 genera and more than 1,300 species, mostly natives of tropical America. Some have been introduced into other warm regions and cultivated for use as ornamentals or for their edible fruit.

>This plant shouldn’t touch soil is it’s prone to germ death. Even though they do utilize certain mycorrhiza, they simply aren’t built for soil contact.
>Unlike its close cousin, Spanish Moss, Ball Moss requires rooting into something, preferably the bark of Live Oak. Others oaks might work, as certainly other surfaces do, but Live Oak is the ideal bark.


LIVE PLANTS: Each cluster has roots and weigh up to about 1 ounce, although small germplasms are also provided that only weigh a gram or so. An order of 1 Pound of Live plants tends to have several more than 16 plants. There’s usually a little bit of bark / stick material attached to the plants.

LIVE OAK LOGS: Come in 3 rough sizes being ‘small’, ‘medium’ and ‘large’. Sizing is based on Priority Mail Flat Rate Box sizes. Small pieces will only fit into a Small FR box or FR Envelope. Medium will fit into the more flat & long style Medium FR box, while large pieces will only fit into a ‘Board Game” style Large FR box. Medium and large logs typically have several moss clumps attached, as well as other forms of smooth tree bark mosses. For larger scale piece inquiries please contact direct.

Ordering Options:
1 Small Live Plant (Gram Size) | 1 Typical Size Live Plant (approx. 1 oz.) | 1 Pound Live Plants | 1 Small Live Oak Section w/ Moss Attached | 1 Medium Live Oak Section w/ Moss Attached | 1 Large Live Oak Section w/ Moss Attached


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Ball Moss Research Data Links:
Backyard GardenerBackyard NatureBing Images – Dave’s Garden – Discover LifeFloridataGoogle SearchPubmedUSDAWikipedia

Habitat preference of the epiphyte Tillandsia recurvata (Bromeliaceae) in a semi-desert environment in Central Mexico
Cycloartane-3,24,25-triol inhibits MRCKα kinase and demonstrates promising anti prostate cancer activity in vitro.

Kinase inhibition by the Jamaican ball moss, Tillandsia recurvata L.
Antioxidant response of three Tillandsia species transplanted to urban, agricultural, and industrial areas.
Air pollutant characterization in Tula industrial corridor, Central Mexico, during the MILAGRO study.
Chemical constituents from Tillandsia recurvata.
Alteration of Hormonal Levels in a Rootless Epiphytic Bromeliad in Different Phenological Phases.
Comparison of the air pollution biomonitoring ability of three Tillandsia species and the lichen Ramalina celastri in Argentina.

Ball Moss, Bunch Moss

Plant Germplasm (definition): Any portion of genetic material that can be grown into a live plant. Examples include seeds, stem cuttings (via many methods including air layering), root cuttings, root divisions (multiplication via division), leaf cuttings, leaf fragments (in tissue culture), rooted nodes (vines), “eyes” (offshoots from potato tubers), cacti pieces, etc. The term germplasm can also be used to describe a collection of genetic resources for an organism such as as a seed collection or, for trees, a nursery. EXCLUSIVE: All live plants, bulbs and recalcitrant seeds are regularly inoculated with numerous strains of beneficial symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi & bacteria (listed below) essential for strong healthy plant roots. Generally this is one of the last aspects of horticultural science that gardeners learn about when it should be the first. Beneficial Ectomycorrhiza: Laccaria bicolor, Laccaria laccata, Pisiolithus tinctorius, Rhizopogon amylopogon, Rhizopogon fulvigleba, Rhizopogon luteolus, Rhizopogon roseolus, Rhizopogon subcaerulescens, Rhizopogon villosulus, Rhizopogon vulgaris, Scleroderma cepa, Scleroderma citrinni, Suillus granulatus, Suillus punctatepies Beneficial Endomycorrhiza: Gigaspora brasilianum, Gigaspora margarita, Gigaspora monosporum, Glomus aggregatum, Glomus clarum, Glomus deserticola, Glomus entunicatum, Glomus intraradices, Glomus monosporum, Glomus mosseae Beneficial Tricoderma: Trichoderma harzianum, Trichoderma koningii Beneficial Bacteria: Acidovorax facilis, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter polymxa, Bacillus azotoformans, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus stearothermophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus thuringiensis, Cellulomonas flavigena, Paenibacillus dorum, Paenibacillus florescence, Paenibacillus gordonae, Paenibacillus polymyxa, Psuedomonas aureofaceans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Most of these strains are available in water soluble form in "Myco Madness" (available here at M.S.B.).  MASS SPECTRUM BOTANICALS (Tampa, Florida): Germplasm Factory - Micronursery - Commercial Seed Bank Areas of Intent & Expertise: >Custom heirloom vegetable seed vaults. >Live Plants of a useful nature (exotic fruits, tactical landscaping plants, etc.). >Plant growth hormone regulators (PGR's) and other Plant Biostimulants. >Rare edible perennial jungle plants (green leafy vegetable year round tropical plants). >Drought tolerant edible landscape xeriscaping. >Complimentary Cancer Survival medicinal plants; >Cutting edge skin, weight & diabetes health targeting. >Laboratory-spec seed sprouting, germination & vegetative propagation kits. >Advanced horticultural science. >Ethnobotanical supplies. >Isolated herbal extracts. Pure & technical grade chemicals (powders, salts & crystals). >Tissue Culture laboratory research supplies. >Antibiotics for fish, bird, cat, dog, reptile, horse, marine, swine, chicken &  invertebrate care. >Aquarium, aquaculture, hydroponic, aquaponic & pet terrarium supplies. >Bioremediation / phytoremediation environmental solutions for the natural cleanup of toxic / nuclear waste spill / contamination. >Seeking to Buy / Sell / Trade. Seeking trade partners, suppliers and purchasing agents worldwide.

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1 Small Live Plant, 1 Typical Live Plant, 1 Pound Live Plants, 1 Small Log Kit, 1 Medium Log Kit, 1 Large Live Log Kit

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