Sphagnum Moss

Ken Smith
25 April 2000

I have found that sowing Clivia seeds in sphagnum moss is very successful. I use this method if I have to hold over some special seeds out of season. The moist moss is placed in trays and the seeds pushed into the top layer. Some moss is placed over the seed. I note that the root growth is excellent in this medium. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle I pot them up in individual containers, taking care not to damage the shoot or root, and not setting them too deep in the new pot. I am always mindful of the basal rotting that can occur at this stage (and it is always the choice seedling that is lost!).

This method is only used for a small number of seeds and the trays are kept in the house where I can keep an eye on them. It is useful for placing germinated seeds in until potting mix and pots can be organised.