Hey Christa, Thankfully, I have NEVER experienced this “yellow/brown patch” dilemma in any of my moss garden installations. However, I have had several people report this problem of mysterious, stressed moss “circles.” One moss gardener in Nashville, TN, with an impressive moss lawn, got professional advice that indicated cyanobacteria as the…[Read more]
I just found your query. Sorry for my extended delay in responding. You can use tap water to water your mosses. Rain water should be fine as well. You could even use “gray” water for supplemental watering of mosses. Note: New shingles on roofs are now treated with chemicals to discourage any type of plant growth, particularly algae. I guess by…[Read more]
Hey Ken, There are over 70 species in the Polytrichum genus. The most common in my region are P. commune, P. juniperinum, P. piliferum, and P. ohioense. I’ve learned to identify these few. As you continue to increase your knowledge of moss species, you might want to delve into resources that will help you distinguish important characteristics.…[Read more]
Hi Annie, just curious but how are you able to distinguish different species of polytrichum? When you rescued a polytrichum juniperinum how did you know that it was actually juniperinum and not commune or any other species of polytrichum?
Good Morning Milo,
The idea of bringing nature indoors can be appealing. Living walls are gaining in popularity. Yet, many “living” moss walls are NOT ALIVE. Some of the photos posted on the Internet of indoor biophile walls which actually feature other vascular plants and don’t even include mosses (unless as a growing media underneath the other…[Read more]
Hi – I’m considering Hypnum or Thuidium for a living wall that I plan to grow on spacer mesh (same stuff used on backpack shoulder straps) stretched between a frame like you would a canvas for painting. It will be indoors within minimal natural light.
Do you think these varieties will make sense for this application? And do you think using…[Read more]
We live in a wooded area with the front and back “yard” moss covered because of the shade. For a couple years now, areas have appeared that look like round circles in the moss which are brown in color and spread outward. We fear this is some sort of fungus that will eventually kill all the moss. Please advise as to what these strange circles are…[Read more]
Dicranum is a moss species that thrives under pine trees. However, there are many different shade-loving mosses including Thuidium, Hypnum and Leucobryum that could work. My concern is that you describe the location as DRY. Dicranum and Leucobryum (upright growing mound colonies) can handle drier conditions. Still, I would encourage supplemental…[Read more]
Hello Annie, I have sent you an email attached with an image asking you to identify the type of moss but I just saw that only serious inquiries are allowed for email, so I want to ask you here. Is there a way to post an image here?
Thanks for contacting me. I’m certainly interested in any scientific research that focuses on bryophytes. There is a void in the literature when it comes to intentional cultivation of moss species for landscape purposes. Since I create moss-scapes for a living and cultivate shade and sun moss species for sale at my Mossery, I’ll be…[Read more]
Dear Annie, I am a research scientist studying the development and evolution of mosses (http://yoancoudert.wixsite.com/science). I am currently trying to grow various pleurocarpous species from the Southern Hemisphere on soil in controlled conditions in the lab. I am looking for commercial substrates that could mimic the composition and structure…[Read more]
Thanks for contacting Mountain Moss. First, I would not consider mosses xeriscaping plant choices since xeriscaping implies landscaping that requires little or no irrigation. Annual rainfall and humidity levels are factors but implications of days with no rain or times of drought must be considered. Mosses will grow better and faster…[Read more]
Looking for information about the use of moss for xeriscaping in Florida. In the planning process for an experimental project at a local botanical garden. Annual rainfall, existing local mosses, shade, and soil enhancement possibilities seem to indicate the possibility for success. Would appreciate contact information or suggestions…[Read more]
Hey Joe, Bonsai and mosses go hand in hand. The year-round green of moss complements the Bonsai trees. Ceratodon and Bryum seem to be the most popular and traditional moss species among Bonsai enthusiasts. Both species are tiny, upright growers that feel like velvet. Ceratodon is a deep green when in its primo state. Ceratodon offers splendid…[Read more]
I train Bonsai and wonder if Ceratodon moss would be appropriate for producing a green carpet beneath the trees for exhibit. The pots receive 6-12 hours of direct sun during Western NY growing season and when dormancy sets in during the Fall they are stored in dark,cool storage for the winter. Trees are watered daily and fertilized every two weeks…[Read more]