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Old 01-17-2013, 02:12 AM   #1
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Mosses that can handle household conditions?


I need to find some kind of moss that would work in average household conditions. Basically I'm working on a branch that will be in open air conditions, and I want some kind of moss that could help fill in the gaps and create a jungly appearance.
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I think most mosses will if they are sprayed down and kept moist. Moss needs to be moist and most of the common mosses we keep will grow out of water as long as they wet.
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I don't want to have to water the mosses too much, and it seems like most mosses that can grow aquatically require lots of water to stay healthy. Are there any that would require less frequent misting and watering?
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I have just started such a test (few days ago) : keep (aquatic) Java moss and (outdoor) moss from Wall emersed. Both stand on kitchen paper which grabs water from the tank using capillarity.

So far, regarding Java moss, the bits that are in contact with the humid paper stay alive. The other bits just seem to get dry.

If you want to have a look at how I installed it, you can check here. The text is French but the pictures are multilingual ;-)
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Well, I might consider java moss since it is so readily available, but I don't know if it will do very well in my house.
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try checking some of the sites that sell vivarium plants. sometimes you can find mosses or even spore mixes for sale.

I've also heard that you may be able to get moss spores at bonsai supply places, but those may be temperate vs. tropical...

You could just try harvesting some from outside - get a variety, especially mosses growing in dry areas, grind them up with buttermilk/beer, and paint the mix onto the wood.

I think you need to keep it damp/misted initially, but once they start to grow in, they should require less maintenance.
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the easiest would be spanish moss. there are a few mosses that grow in drier conditions, but they aren't as attractive as the tropical mosses. and they all require decent humidity.
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Good tips! What would you mean by decent humidity? I could afford to mist some and I will have some sphagnum moss underneath them to retain moisture.
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Sorry, missed this. Most tropicals require 70% +. But misting and moist lfs should help
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Spanish moss isn't a moss though.
It is a Tillandsia from the bromeliad family.
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