With the growing Instagram accounts like the potted jungle and succulent city, all we want to do is join the movement of “bring the outdoors in”. Not only do plants relieve stress and increase our productivity, they bring an aesthetic that bring a buzz to our work space.
As a lover of succulents myself (Grogu, my Echeveria elegans), succulents need little space, little care and little time. That’s why if you want to expand your indoor garden, I think the next big thing to your cacti is moss.
Seen in Saihō-ji in Japan, moss has been growing in Oriental gardens and on the side of our buildings for centuries. They even were used as medicinal opportunities.
Putting all this aside, moss is perfect for English winters as they love humidity and absorb water with a straw.
I first came across mosses as indoor plants, in my biology class. A student got for their birthday a moss ball, or as I know now, a Kokedama.
Within a little jar, (literally a round ball) a tiny organism respires.
How to grow your own moss garden indoor?
First things first, moss types can be split into two groups: Acrocarpous (grown vertically) & Pleurocapous (grown horizontally).
There are multiple types, but since we want an accessible and inexpensive option, going local is easy to access.
On the Woodland Trust website, Kate Lewthwaite gives some native British options. My favourites were the common haircap, common tamarisk moss and swan’s-neck thyme moss. A big note is that the common tamarisk moss can grow on trees and rotting wood – a possible ornament to your bathroom or a window.
Depending on what you can buy or access outside, choose which of these mosses fit into these two groups. Then decide where you want the moss to grow. Specialists suggest a humid environment far from radiators, like kitchens and bathrooms.
Common, minimalist pots include terrariums – glass structures in geometric shapes. I researched these allow condensation on the glass, telling us whether or not our moss needs watering.
Secondly, time to either purchase or grab from outside. If you have chosen the latter, remove only a small square, trying not to damage the thread-like root system.
Now place, submerged, in a container with water (this allows the moss to grow strong).
While we wait, you can purchase compact acidic soil or create or own diy soil. Pine cones make the grounds pH to lower, but this may take a while.
Planting our baby mosses
Lay the soil down and water well. After lay down your square.
Remember that there must be no debris under.
Finally, spray with a water sprayer. Water cans damage the moss as moss receives its nutrients from its leaves.
And thats it. No fertilisers or special treatments.
Hope this helps,
Comment down for any information. I recommend looking at Kokedama on Gardeners world https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-make-a-kokedama/
Many thanks and happy gardening,