Moss And Terrain Terrariums
A moss terrarium is a type of container which allows plants to grow in soil or other organic matter. A moss terrarium is made from a mesh screen with holes in it, so that water and air can pass through the material. The most common types are those made out of sphagnum moss (a kind of lichen), but there are many kinds. Some mosses have a tendency to rot, so they need to be replaced regularly.
Other mosses are not prone to decay, and may last indefinitely.
The purpose of making a terrarium is twofold: 1) To provide moisture for the plant roots; 2) To allow the plant roots to breathe when it gets too dry outside. The moss will absorb the moisture from the air, and then release it back into the atmosphere. If left alone, mosses will continue growing until they eventually become a solid mass of moss. However, if allowed to get wetter than necessary, they may begin to shrivel up and die.
How To Make A Moss Terrarium?
To make a moss terrarium you can choose plants that prefer shady places, such as trilliums. Also consider the soil the plant grows in and make sure it is well drained. The most common plants used in terrariums are ferns, mosses, orchids, and lichens. The most important thing for creating a successful terrarium is maintaining a proper moisture level. If the soil becomes too dry, the plants will not be able to grow. If the soil is too wet, it can cause root rot which will kill the plants. A good rule of thumb is that if you can squeeze a handful of damp soil in your hand and it retains its shape, it’s ready to use. If it falls apart or does not hold its shape at all, wait a while longer before using it.
You can create a moss terrarium by placing the container face down on a bed of gravel or small stones. Add layers of soil, then moss, then more soil until you reach the top of your container. Place the plants in the terrarium and water lightly. If creating a closed terrarium, be sure not to over water it because the lack of air circulation may cause root rot and kill the plants.
Interesting facts about moss terrariums
Some plants and flowers that work well in a terrarium include begonias, ferns, hens and chicks, mosses, orchids, and tiny shrubs. There is no limit to the types of plants you can grow in a terrarium. You can even grow fruit or vegetables in them if you wish. Just keep in mind that many vegetables require full exposure to the sun in order to grow properly, so a terrarium probably won’t work in those cases.
Mosses are a group of very low growing or crustose (growing flat against the surface) plants that often look like little more than patches of fur growing on rocks, trees or the ground. There are many different types of mosses some with different shaped leaves and all of them green in color. While moss may not be the most exciting plant you will ever see, it can be used in many ways to improve your garden.
What are mosses used for?
Mosses can be used in a wide variety of ways around the home and garden. They are commonly used to soften hardscaping such as stone… More are a great way to add a splash of color to your yard or garden at a very low cost. They also help in retaining soil moisture and reducing erosion. They are easy to grow and maintain and can greatly improve the appeal of your yard. If you wish to add a splash of color to your garden without adding more high-maintenance plants, consider investing in a moss lawn.
Before planting a moss lawn, it is important to note…
Before planting a moss lawn, it is important to note that moss is not really a lawn. It will never grow as nicely as real grass; however, it still has its benefits and can greatly enhance the landscape. Be warned that moss may never completely cover an area. It will only grow where there is shade and moisture.
In other areas, you will still see the ground, just not as much as you would like. For this reason, many people choose to plant a mixture of mosses and other ground covers instead of 100 percent moss.
To plant a moss lawn, you first need to rake the area…
To plant a moss lawn, you first need to rake the area as smooth as possible. You then want to mix 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand and 2 parts compost. Add water to this mixture until it is the consistency of dough. Place this mixture into holes that are 1 inch deep every 6 inches apart in a checkerboard pattern.
After the holes have set for an hour, place a handful of moss into each hole. Keep the soil mix moist but not wet until the moss is established. This may take up to a year, but don’t worry; you don’t have to water it every day. Just when the topsoil begins to feel dry to the touch.
Besides planting moss in rows, you can also plant…
Besides planting moss in rows, you can also plant a moss lawn using individual clumps. This is best done on a slope or hill. To make an individual clump, mix 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand and 1 part loam. Add water until the soil is the consistency of a thick cake batter.
Place tablespoon sized lumps of this mixture around your yard or garden area every 2 feet apart. After an hour has passed, place a handful of moss into each lump. Keep the soil moist until the moss is well established.
Sources & references used in this article:
Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens (Bonsai, Kokedama, Terrariums & Dish Gardens) by M Oshima, H Kimura – 2017 – books.google.com
Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-step Guide to Easily Contained Life by M Inciarrano, K Maslow – 2018 – books.google.com
A Kid’s Guide to Making a Terrarium by S Bearce – 2009 – books.google.com
Terrariums: construction and maintenance by FA Giles – Circular (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign …, 1973 – ideals.illinois.edu
Modern Terrarium Studio: Design+ Build Custom Landscapes with Succulents, Air Plants+ More by T Martin, K Clineff – 2009 – Clarkson Potter