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Make and Care for a Live Moss Terrarium

Updated on June 3, 2012

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Make and Care for a Live Moss Terrarium

A terrarium is a tiny world tucked into a glass jar for all to see. When you make a terrarium, you are able to capture the natural beauty of the forest inside a glass jar. There are many scenes you can create for your terrarium. If you need ideas simply take a stroll through the woods or look at some woodland pictures. The possibilities are endless.

Terrariums are made using a glass container. It should be glass so that you can see the beautiful natural display you have created and for the natural light it will need to grow. Any kind of glass container can be used. Bubble bowls, canning jars, and vases, are just a few examples. One of the most popular terrarium containers is a glass apothecary jar. These jars along with the others, can be found at home stores, craft stores, thrift stores, or even flea markets

After you have decided on a glass container, it is time to pick out the type of moss you want to use in your terrarium. Although there are over 12,000 species of moss that grow all over the world, I have found that moss is hard to come by in local stores. It is best to order from a moss supplier online. A place like Moss Acres, or, Everleaf Greens, have been growing and shipping moss for years. Some popular types of moss for terrarium uses are feather moss, mood moss, and reindeer moss. They can be ordered in clumps or sheets.

After you have your container and moss picked out, start thinking about accessories you would like to add to the terrarium. There are many natural materials that you can add: sticks, pinecones, wood, seedpods, stones, feathers. You can even add little animal figurines, mushroom figurines, or any woodland accessories you would like.

To assemble your moss terrarium, you should:

1) Add a layer of river rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the jar. The rocks will work as a drainage system for your plant. You should add between one and two inches of rocks to the bottom of your jar.

2) Add charcoal. The charcoal will filter the air and keep it fresh inside the terrarium. Add an inch to an inch in a half of charcoal.

3) Add a layer of soil. For a moss terrarium, you can use regular potting soil.

4) Add your moss. Place the moss in any position you like. Move it around until you find something that draws your eye. A pair of chopsticks helps to move the moss around without damaging it and makes it easier if you are dealing with a jar that has a small opening.

5) Once you have your moss arranged, start adding your accessories. Place a grouping of pinecones, sticks, or other woodland accessories inside. There is no rule here. Place as many or as few as you like.

Taking care of your terrarium is simple. All you have to do is follow these steps.

1) Check every week to see if your terrarium needs watering. You can do this by touching the soil to determine if it is dry. If it does need watering, mist the moss and soil with a spray bottle. It is possible that the moss could go for a month or two without the need for water.

2) Once a month, take the top off of the terrarium and let it air for a few hours.

3) If condensation appears on the jar, the terrarium may have too much water. Take the top off for a few hours and it should dry out.

4) Check for yellowing or brown pieces of moss. These pieces can be pulled or cut.

5) With small scissors, trim the moss if it grows too large or fluffy.

Terrariums are easy to care for and beautiful to look at. They are a great decoration to have in your home or office, and, will the proper care, will last for a very long time.


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