Anyone had success growing moss? Thanks.
Anyone had success growing moss? Thanks.
yah got to me more specific. i know for a fact i have ATLEAST 4 different species and im only even trying to grow one. if yah grow Utrics and you grow moss [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
damp, shady, cool
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I have had success. *Here's a very easy but often overlooked method of growing moss.
Take one pint of room temperature buttermilk and one pint of room temperature water. Now go out and find moss that is growing in your local area. Scrape it off just the way you would envision people who work with sod. Add the nice moss to the other ingredients and place in a blender on low until it is mixed.
Get yourself a paint brush and paint it on to surfaces where you want it to grow. Best to select appropriate areas that are nice and shaded and moist or you won't have a chance at growing your moss. *You can paint rocks, old logs, and just about anything.
This method of growing moss works quite well. I painted a footpath through a woodland area and I have nice moss everywhere that looks as if Ma Nature put it there.
You will have the best success growing moss that you harvest locally so don't waste money buying spores mail order.
Laura got it right on. thats the best method right there.
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Will that work an a rolling stone Laura?
Thanks for the advice. *I have an area in my yard that has naturally occuring coral rocks that I am going to try that.
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Sure, why not. At some point in time the "rolling stone" has to come to rest and hopefully it does so in a shady and moist location. Think of all those nice blotchy spores the rolling stone would leave on its way to a resting point.
Hmmm, coral rocks...
Check out this site- http://www.mossacres.com/
You will be too far south to go with Dicranum if you are in Florida but Rock Cap Moss would be my choice for my area for that type of an application. I am in the Midwest. *Dicranum is a North American native moss.
Are you familiar with Kyoto Moss?
This is the very same moss you find in all those beautiful gardens in and around Kyoto Japan. The last time we were there was a few years ago and I only purchased my first digital camera two years ago or I would post photos for you. Sorry. I did try to sneak out some spores but they were taken away from me because of a pack of "sniffin beagles" that descended upon my luggage. They sniffed it out right through double ziplocks. Bummer.
So, if you wanted to take a half piece of clay pot and make a moss- covered hide spot in a terrerium, this is how you would do it?
Whoever thought of such a thing....?
I didn't think of the idea. It's been in use for a while. I borrowed the idea after sitting on my tush planting purchased plugs (say that three times fast) of non indigenous moss spores that never spread anywhere. I was not happy and was whining about how my plugs weren't spreading and somebody told me about having read about this method. *It sounded reasonable to me since moss is nothing but oodles of spores so I bought some buttermilk and painted away with glee. Nothing much happened right away but by fall I had moss everywhere.
Say, we could experiment on you Joe and see if the method works on people. *Are you familiar with the GreenMan from the Renaissance/Medieval Ages? We could call you MossMan. Just teasing with you a little!
Back to reality, if you want to try this on a broken ceramic pot that is going to go into a terrarium with critters; soak the pot for a day in water and then drain the water and add fresh and soak it another day. Then paint it up but let it grow somewhere else and not in that terrarium. The buttermilk will do its thing and when you feel relatively confident there is little or no trace of the buttermilk left, plop your hidey hole spot in your terrarium. All those wonderful spores should colonize rather nicely.
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would this method work for live Spaghnum?
i want to try this out, to grow moss i mean, i always had a wierd appreciation for moss, always looked at it on camping trips, thought i was going crazy, thank god im in good company tho ^^
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