Having a moss garden or terrarium is a simple way to bring a little bit of the wild into your home -- especially if you've foraged the moss yourself. But the key to keeping your moss thriving is making sure to give it the proper care, which is different in a lot of cases from your typical houseplant. Here, we give you a few foolproof tips and tricks to keeping your moss in tip-top shape, from the moment you bring it indoors to the moment (should you choose to return it to the wild) you take it back.
Picking the Right Soil
While a lot of plants prefer to have their soil super light and fluffy, mosses are the opposite: they like their soil packed and firm. Plus, you'll want to take acidity into account when it comes to picking the right soil for you moss, since the plant thrives best in acidic environments. There are cases, like when you find moss growing on limestone, that the plant works just fine with alkaline bases, but for the most part, it's safe to assume that your moss will do better in soil with a lower pH level (usually between 5.0 and 6.0). If you're unsure about the acidity of your soil, you can buy an easy-to-use pH test to figure out what you're working with.
Watering Your Moss
Mosses are fans of damp environments, so it's important to make sure that keep the soil consistently moist for your plant. That's not to say, though, that you can't still over water a moss. You'll have to be careful not create a puddle or swamp while watering, in which case you should try to tip out any excess water when possible. This is especially true if you have your moss in a terrarium, where, unlike regular potted houseplants, excess water won't be able to evaporate. To keep your moss healthy, simply mist the plant regularly and give it a good watering about twice a week. And be sure to use filtered water as opposed to tap, since tap water can contain too much chlorine and might turn your mosses brown.