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How To Grow Your Own Moss

updated Oct 22, 2022
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I love outdoor spaces filled with overgrown blooms, piles of mismatched pots, bits and bobs of weathered sculpture, and richly textured blankets of moss. Though moss could be associated with the words ‘dilapidated’ or ‘swampy’, moss is actually very healthy vegetation in that it has no known pests or diseases. It’s also extremely forgiving and requires little to no maintenance. It’s soft on your feet if used as a groundcover, stays green throughout colder months, and is really easy to propagate.

What You Need to Grow Moss

Existing sample moss from a yard or a garden store. It can be dead or alive.
Equal parts buttermilk and water

A blender
A paintbrush (optional)

How to Grow Moss

1. Measure two cups of water and two cups of buttermilk.

2. Pour both into the blender.

3. Top with moss to fill the blender.

4. Blend until you have a milkshake consistency. You want the existing moss to separate.

5. Paint or pour the mixture on rocks, fences, foundations, bricks, ceramic pots, trees or wherever you’d like to see moss grow. You can get creative and draw pictures if you’d like or write things if you’re feeling fancy.

Additional Notes:
Use a mister to keep the moss moist for the first couple of weeks, and if possible, grow your moss in a shaded area. The moss should start to grow within three weeks.

(Images: Tanya Lacourse)