Mostly people don’t like the presence of moss plants. They’re a non-vascular type of plant known as a bryophyte. Their simple structure allows for a lot of flexibility due to they don’t have roots so this moss can be an option to adding colour in terrarium. So, this time I want to share some creativity to make an easy and simple moss terrarium!
Making a moss garden in a glass is suitable for anyone to do. A simple thing that produces something unique and beautiful by imitating the view of a green valley. The price is also cheap, moss can also be found in gardens or areas near rivers. Pebbles and stones can be found around the yard. Making it very simple, you don’t need to use soil because moss can grow in any places where there is no soil, for example on rocks. The main requirement for moss to live is that it must always be wet and moist.
If you used to have ornamental plants with beautiful appearance and colorful flowers, maybe you should try to make moss terrarium as an ornamental plant.
Why? Because moss can be a beautiful ornamental plant. Moss which is usually ignored by us, in fact they can have aesthetic value and also benefits when its made as a terrarium in container, jar, or glass.
Terrarium itself is a method of growing ornamental plants in a see-through place and arranged in such a way that it looks like a mini garden.
Actually, besides moss, there are several types of ornamental plants also suitable for planting in a terrarium such as succulents, mother-in-law’s tongue, or cacti. But these plants need soil to grow while moss can grow on hard surfaces and, requires no fertilizer, it just needs a bit soil and high light and humidity.
Benefits of Moss Terrarium
Not only easy to grow, moss also has many benefits beyond how it looks, such as:
- Absorb pollution
Moss has biofiltration which absorbs pollution in the air, so it can help clean the air in the house.
- Improve air quality
Just like other plants, mosses also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. That way, moss can help improve the quality in your room.
- Stabilize air humidity
Moss not only grows in any places with high humidity, but if you have them as Terrarium, they can help to stabilize the humidity of the air in the room.
- Gives a calming effect
The green color of the moss in the terrarium can have a calming and pleasant effect. Moreover, the moss terrarium is also designed with an attractive shape to beautify the room.
How to Make a Moss Terrarium
To add beauty in the room and as you know its benefits, moss terrariums are now starting to be widely liked as an option to home decoration.
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You can also make your own moss terrarium at home. Before starting to make a moss plant terrarium, prepare some related tools and materials.
Here are the materials needed:
- Glass container
- Decorative stones or pebbles
- Brush or cotton
- Small tree accessories
- Live moss (green)
- Dried moss (brown in color)
Steps to Make a Moss Terrarium
- Place a decorative stone or pebbles at the bottom of the container using a spoon with a layer thickness of about 2.5 centimeters. This stone has a function to absorb water from the moss on the top
- Take a piece of dry moss that is the same size as the bottom of the glass container. Wet it first to make it easier to arrange. Add the moss then the soil, then compact and flatten using the back of a spoon. This layer of moss is to keep the soil on top and not mix with decorative gravel at the bottom which will make it look messy and dirty.
- Add a few spoonfuls of charcoal and place it on top of the dry moss. This charcoal will later become a filter and reduce the level of humidity and unpleasant odors from the moss
- Take a piece of fresh moss and place it on top of the charcoal. But you can wet the moss sufficiently to arrange them easier. You can also make it into pieces when it’s wet;
- Arrange all the pieces of moss using long tweezers to make the layout neater. In this case, you can combine large moss with small moss
- If the moss is neatly arranged, add additional accessories that have been prepared such as adding a few small stones above the soil to form an attractive landscape such as a mound, so that the moss does not only grow on a flat surface. It will make the terrarium look more beautiful.
- Drop water on all parts of the moss using a pipette or sprayer that has pointed nozzle so as not to contaminate the sides of the glass container
- Finally, clean the inside and outside of the container using a brush or cotton swab to remove any dirt and dust.
How to Care Moss in a Terrarium
Actually terrariums do not require difficult maintenance ( Low Maintenance), they just need light watering once a week or when the moss nearly dry. For terrariums with lots of plants, they need to be watered twice a week. Reduce the intensity of watering if humidity levels are high. Use a spray gun or terrarium water bottle that has a pointed nozzle to help direct the water. Make sure your terrarium is not exposed to direct sunlight to avoid sunburn
Where Can I Get Moss for Terrarium?
You can also get moss, both live and dried at a plant shop or order online at the marketplace, but moss obtained from stores is often preserved with chemicals so it is difficult to arranged because it is very dry. Buying fresh live moss is a better option or you can get moss in a shady, damp place like in the backyard. Moss can grow on fallen logs, rocks, sprouts and even on living trees.