Bringing moss into the indoor environment is a unique alternative to forcing bulbs or creating a terrarium. But before you plan your trip to the woods, please be a responsible gather. This includes not harvesting any that may be locally endangered and always getting permission before picking. Also, never gather plant material from any state or national park area.
- Choose your container wisely. Moss gardens work best when they are created in wide but shallow containers. There is no need to worry about a drainage hole and if there is one you may consider adding a liner to the pot. This will prevent moisture from draining onto your floor surface.
- Choose your soil. To mimic the soil condition that mosses like, one will need to create two layers. The first layer is one of crushed stone or gravel. Once that has been laid, the next layer consists of well-seasoned compost.
- Picking the right plants. Mosses can typically be found in shady areas that are moist but many other mosses can be found in sunny locations. When picking your moss, make sure to note what type of environment they were found in. Next, if you cannot find any true moss, do not worry there are other plants that can be substituted. This includes Scotch moss that is not a true moss but has a moss like texture with a creeping growth habit. Another choice is lichens that can add different shades of color to the design. All three plants mentioned above are simply harvested by skimming the soil surface with ones hand. This will allow you to harvest a nice ‘sheet” of plant material. Since moss, moss like and lichen plants do not have true roots, they do not require digging up.
- Planting time. Once the container is fixed and the plants have been harvested, it is time to plant. Arrange the moss so that plants that were found in the shade are together and those from sunny locations are collectively planted. Moss is easily planted by simply laying the plant material on top of the soil. Do not bury. After the moss has been planted, gently water in and mist.
Moss is easily cared for and only requires two things. First, moss will need to be misted often and second it will need to be watered twice a week.
Your newly planted moss garden will last for several months but the color of the moss will begin to fade over time. Once this happens, return your moss to its natural outdoor environment.