Something about these tiny plants enthralled me. I had always thought of them as the plants of a miniature land of the fairies. Particularly after rains, it would give off a vibrant green glow. Mounds of it grew on the concrete block walls of our house where I would furtively peel them off with a knife. I would collect them in the palm of my hand and place them carefully on my mother’s bonsais hat I had seen her grow. An enchanted indoor moss garden was what I had wanted to create.
I would wait patiently for signs of that tiniest bit of fresh green- a new microscopic leaf. And then, a slow process of growth would follow. The moss followed the natural terrain I had created for it with bits of wood and pebbles.
Indoor moss gardens have an enchanted, serene and tranquil quality to them. Caring for them heightens a sense of being in touch with nature and transform an interior room into a beautiful zen space.
Follow these steps on How to grow an absolutely enchanted indoor moss garden, so that you too can bring a bit of the wild nature inside.
STEP 1. GRAB YOUR CONTAINER
You can use transparent container jars or even terranium jars at local pet shops for your enchanted indoor moss garden. You can also grow them in plastics, ceramics, as well as seasoned and concrete stone or wood.
However, always remember not to use galvanized metal or pressure treated wood.
One of the things mosses are sensitive to is heavy metals and some chemicals.
The size of your container depends on your preferences. The available space and how much you want to expend to take care of it.
STEP 2. PREPARE YOUR BASE
Mosses are not particular about the type of soil they grow on in terms of soil composition. The exception would be soils with a high sand content preventing a stable surface; ever-shifting loose sandy soils make attachment difficult, but not impossible. The more important aspect to encouraging mosses to establish is texture and particle size.
If you imagine yourself to be less than an inch tall and had to move across the soil’s surface, you would understand the importance of smoothness
Smoothing the surface will also aid in rhizome attachment which will speed up the establishment and then growth.
For the base of your moss garden, line the bottom with pebbles- black and white, colorful ones or simply white, just anything looks good. If you are going to put forest mosses in your garden avoid putting garden soil as your base. Most species prefer a good mix of coco peat and garden soil in the ratio of 3:1.
STEP 3. COLLECT ‘EM ALL
Check around the area of your home for any mosses already growing. They can be the specimens for your moss garden. Collect moss growing on stumps, logs, soil or rocks in upland areas.
One way to find a good fit is to look for mosses growing in the same conditions you have. For example, collect mosses growing under shade for your indoor moss garden.
Avoid collecting mosses from bog or wetland areas. When you find some moss, peel it gently from the base. Put pieces of the moss you collected in a container to transport it back home.
I love to collect twigs covered with moss. They up the oomph factor of the moss garden by several notches.
STEP 4. SETTING UP YOUR MOSS GARDEN
After building a good foundation for your moss garden, it’s time to layer all the moss. Place the pieces of moss that you collected over the stone or barks. Place other couples around the rest of the area. Mist with water from a spray bottle. Cover the terrarium or container and store it away from sunlight.
STEP 5. MAINTENANCE
An area in your home that gets indirect sunlight can house your moss garden. Make sure to keep the base moist with purified water and keep the moss damp at all times. The key to growing a moss garden is to never allow it dry out. Also, remember you need not use fertilizers of any kind to grow these tranquil pieces of beauty.
ENCHANTED INDOOR MOSS GARDEN- WRAPPING UP
Mosses are evergreen plants. They will grow year round as long as moisture and sunlight are available at the same time. Photosynthesis is possible even below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mosses do not have a seasonal growth habit, instead their dormancy comes anytime they are dry. They return to active growth as soon as moisture fills their tissue.
Refer to these steps on, how to grow an enchanted indoor moss garden any time you want to create a beautiful natural decor element for your home.
Growing moss indoors can also be a great project for an outdoor activity. One in which the whole family can participate, be it collecting moss or designing an enchanted indoor moss garden. My kids love to look for moss on nooks of garden walls, old wood, and squirrel holes on trees. The entire process is always a fruitful and fulfilling endeavor.
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