Hortasorb - Water Retention & Bonding Gel
this amazing powder mixed with water, forms up to 30 gallons
of slurry-like gel that has three perfect applications
for transplanting and establishing moss.
Traditional "slurry" methods have provided minimal to moderate rates of success for moss enthusiasts looking to grow moss over large, shaded woodland areas, on vertical surfaces, or on rocks. This rate of success can now be greatly enhanced by adding a water-retention gel to the mix.
The benefits of this gel are two-fold. First, it helps provide more consistent moisture, which is crucial for establishing moss on any surface, particularly vertical surfaces. Second, the introduction of "gel" into the slurry makes it adhere much better to smooth or vertical surfaces.
In a blender simply mix the following components:
- 1 part moss
- 1.5 parts water (not too cold)
- 1-2 spoonfuls of gel powder
- ¼ cup of buttermilk or beer, or 2 spoonfuls of Liquid Sulfur or Aluminum Sulfate
Set the blender to "pulse" and/or continue to turn the power off and on to sufficiently "chop" up the moss into small fragments and blend the mixture (with the blender in the off position you may need to use your hand to re-orient the mixture in the blender and then start it again to mix it properly. Within 2-5 minutes the gel will set, and a thick, applesauce-like gel will be formed. If the mixture is too runny, just add more powder and mix again.
The best mosses to use for this application are Hypnum / Fern Moss (sold at lower costs in "bulk" on this website), Rock Cap Moss (also available through Moss Acres), and any mosses found growing locally in the area. Obviously, moss does not to be watered as frequently with the use of Hortasorb water retention gel.