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Hanging baskets - alternatives to moss
Plantlife suggests the following alternatives to using moss in hanging baskets:
Commercially available products
Coir mats - made from the outer shells of coconutes; they are available flat, to be cut to shape, or ready formed.
Compressed waste paper - holds water well, available as pre-formed shapes.
Wollen liners - available as a by-product of the wool industry.
Black polythene - a bin liner can be cut to shape to line a hanging basket, using some paper as an inner liner to help retain water.
Newspaper will become like papier mâché and holds water well.
Hay - cheap and easy to use.
Old woolly jumpers can be recycled to make a basket liner.