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    Decorative Moss Tray Experiment

    I put this together a while back more as an experiment with propagating mosses than anything planned. I wasn't even sure if the method would work all that well. Basically, I just threw some clumps of about three different mosses into a food-processor with about an ounce of water and a dash of maxsea solution, then spooned the resulting goop over a media composed of approx. 1:1 sand / compost, which I then hand-placed bits of pine bark mulch into (again the mulch was more for looks, but I had noticed at least one of the mosses growing almost exclusively on topsoil made mostly of bits of bark.)

    It's been kept in a shady spot in the Nepenthes tent, which means warm temps and generally high-humidity, and has been misted daily with occasional waterings to keep the soil moist. Can't find records right now of exactly when I set it up, but I'd guess it's just under 2 months along now.

    Oh, and the container is just the bottom portion of a cheap plastic cake-holder.






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    I did the same thing using a sonic cup and a pod of spores from an unknown moss about 2 years ago.
    today its nice and fluffy with a good diversity of mosses

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    Why the Maxsea? They're mosses
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Why the Maxsea? They're mosses
    the recipes I found often included yogurt or milk. I didn't have either. Figured it couldn't hurt and might speed up the process a little.

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    Ah well yes, mosses often milk cows
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    Ah well yes, mosses often milk cows
    Actually I think it was meant as more of a bio-degradable "glue" to help the mixture stick to whatever surfaces the grower was trying to propagate it on.

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    i recall a few people making the same mixture, then loading it into a spray bottle then
    Pasting it on their walls, making a living moss coat.

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    Nice! Now all you need are "sprinkles" of cape, rotundifolia, and intermedia seed on top

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