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Getting moss to grow on mounts

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    Default Getting moss to grow on mounts

    Is there a trick to getting moss to grow on mounts? I bought a couple mounts and would like to get some growing on them before I try adding an orchid. In the past when I've tried to get moss to grow somewhere other than where it was it always dries up and dies.

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    Keep it wet for at least several days, and don't let it stay dry for more than a few hours. All of the moss I have grown have liked to stay moist all the time. If it stays dry for very long the moss itself dies. It will regrow in a short time, but this is from the spores, the actual fiber of the moss has died. My 2 cents.

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    I'll give that a try and see how it does. Thanks.

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    I have mounties thickly covered with moss in my waridian case.Could this be detrimental to the plants since the roots are not expose?

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    I doubt it will cause a problem, Bill. It is natural in the wild.

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    You might want to try the buttermilk moss shake recipe, here is a link.
    How To Make Moss Graffiti Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy

    A friend of mine tried it on a clay pot and it does work. I never tried it as I was skeptical of the buttermilk in the recipe cause mold etc to grow.

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    Amey that sounds like a fun experiment. Looks like I'll be gathering up more moss and stopping at the store for some buttermilk.

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    You might want to try the buttermilk moss shake recipe, here is a link.
    How To Make Moss Graffiti Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy

    A friend of mine tried it on a clay pot and it does work. I never tried it as I was skeptical of the buttermilk in the recipe cause mold etc to grow.

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    hi Nicky, i cultivate moss sp. originally aimed at dartfrog/ mantella terrarriums but obviously this has started to run parallel with the orchid/ tropical aplant interest. Have grow areas allocate to mixed sp. of cool/intermediate warm etc and 'train' it to culture on branches and other media. I realised just how information lacks on this subject with moss/lichen farming coexisting. You have a good site in us mossacres i think. If you branch out your interest research look at orchid/bromeliad, ferns liverworts lichens and also bonsai florist craft and quite an intriguing little theme in miniature 'fairy' gardens. Carnivorous plant hobby ties in as well.

    Moss does not need soil and in most cases like tillandsia anny visual site of moss roots are for adherence support anchorage.

    You need an acidic surface for moss to take and acclimatise, i mix warm and cool and pretty much all grows under intermediate. Lots of patience and very high humidity. 4-5 hours sun aswell morning time does help.

    For the acidity surface
    1 natural yoghurt and equal capacity of moss fresh or recentlydried. Puree and blend and paint media. Essentially you have a spore paste to paint with.
    2 beer and teabags.

    I cannot tell youto go and raid your local woods as its illegal but a few samples clearly existing in built up area where there is no chance of conservation ever being applicable. Capillary sp and the feather range take quickly and you can speed up acclimatize process or headstart by retaining some of the media it has been naturally supported with. The co existence of bacteria, mycelium of fungi fern rhizomes liverwort - they aren eco system rarely noticed but expose it and dig deep its fascinating. No tap water. Venus fly traps and most cps except nepethes are extreemely sensitive as tillandsia and moss. Having no choice but to fall back on it is 50/50 but def not during the early period of acclimatisation and cultvation. Its damage is a slow painful death. In ssome circumstances origin approved i will raid friends aquariums - nitrates seem to be no problem even ponds, but here where i am its part countryside aand easy to risk assess, though nothing is that safe or easy.

    To start a cool very humid airy situ and the morning sun is vital as photosyn is still an applicable bio process. I have hobby colleagures who contact me annually for supplies as my collection is quite established and have to give it a good spring edit so im not a busineess not a vendor just a hobyist who sympathises and shares. and funds exchanged go to macmillan cancer research and while i despise the city, these hobbyists are a key in the 1000 piece jigsaw and my conscience sits better knowing the Dendrobates Azureus dartfrog is not slowly tortured to death as the owner falls on desperate measures to care and provide.

    All in all the one other key to moss farming - the aesthetic value - viewing pleasure and quite like the praise and compliments aswell. I have not switched my TV on in ages.

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    Nicki - you need an acidic environment to grow and maintain moss and you need to keep it damp for a few weeks while it establishes itself. A Google search will reveal a few nurseries that sell moss that you can mount and then keep spraying until it's "taken" to it's new environment. Or you could just mine my back yard!

    martha

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    LOL, If you were a bit closer Martha I'd take you up on that offer. We have a little bit of moss that likes the shade in our yard and then a tiny bit that is growing in the sun on some old wood for a flowerbox.

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