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    I have a few questions about moss I found on my property..pic heavy

    Hello all,
    Well while clearing a new mountain bike trail on the back part of my property I found some nice looking moss. I am hoping to use it as ground cover for my neps.
    Also I need to know how to introduce it to my lowlands terrarium. and if you think it will live.
    do I need to use a spray bottle to clean off the soil on the underside or keep it on?


    I did a test when I collected it and turned a small pad over and low and behold I got what looks like to be new growth,,,what do you think?
    the next 2 pic's have the new growth.




    one type has a very long stem and the other has a short stem or they might be the same.








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    Rock, nice moss!

    I don't know the species here, but swords is likely to chime in with an identification.

    As far as introducing to your terrarium, simply pressing it into the soil should do the trick, since bryophytes (mosses) do not have a vascular system, they do not have roots and need to be in a very wet area. If you're not keeping your humidity high and the moss misted, it will soon begin to dry (though not necessarily die).

    Additionally, I don't feel like it is necessary to spray off the soil from the underside, though if you are worried about dissolved solids building up, you can take that extra little precaution and spray it down with a good bit of distilled water.

    Anyhow, this is only coming from my personal experiences with growing moss in my vivariums, which at this point is very limited. Someone else may come along and have some more proper advice to give you.

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    Maybe rinsing it in a strainer under a gallon of distilled water would get all of the crap off before you put it in.

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    can I use rain water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soopaman View Post
    Rock, nice moss!
    ehhh'.. I don't think that's rock moss. Looks more like a club moss. Rock moss is a short hair variation.

    Rock moss is in the Leucobryum family.. This appears to be Polytrichum commune, or haircap moss.

    A good moss site: http://www.newmossgardening.com/moss_pictures.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    ehhh'.. I don't think that's rock moss. Looks more like a club moss. Rock moss is a short hair variation.

    Rock moss is in the Leucobryum family.. This appears to be Polytrichum commune, or haircap moss.

    A good moss site: http://www.newmossgardening.com/moss_pictures.html

    Mass, I was referring to our thread starter here

    I believe his name is rockhoppernc

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    ya doesn't look like Polytrichum commune, or haircap moss close up....

    ---------- Post added at 10:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:57 PM ----------

    will it work as ground cover for my neps?

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