Moss Air Layers

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For everyone that is using spag moss to air layer, what is your process for removing the moss? Since it never breaks down I assume you want to get it out at some point. When, how and the other details are appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Roots in the layer are usually too fragile to remove the moss during the layer removal and the first potting. They break too easily, therefore I only try to lay down the roots in the radial manner IF POSSIBLE AT ALL (mostly, even trying to untangle the outside roots can be problematic).

I remove as much of the moss as possible during the first repotting, and the rest of it during the second one, if anything is still there.
 

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The only way is a bare root repot, usually a year or two after separating. That's why I've started using pure perlite for air layers, no organic material to get rid of later and (anecdotally) better success.
 

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For everyone that is using spag moss to air layer, what is your process for removing the moss? Since it never breaks down I assume you want to get it out at some point. When, how and the other details are appreciated. Thank you.
I cut up/chop my sphagnum moss before using for any air layer. It makes it easier to remove once the roots are strong enough to handle slight root work after separation.
 

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I use a cheese grater* with the sphagnum moss block before using it. The fragmentation does not affect at the moss properties, but it's easier to separate from roots.

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