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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: rmcninch108 on January 10, 2015, 03:56 PM

Title: Moss
Post by: rmcninch108 on January 10, 2015, 03:56 PM
Hello, I am new to the Bonsai world and had a question about moss.I have a few pictures that may be able to help identify what I have . I live in the Midlands of SC in zone 8a and found this moss in a shaded part of my yard. I used my knife and removed some of it and placed some of it on top of the soil of my chinese elm for the "looks". Is this okay? Thanks for any advice. Robert
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: Adair M on January 10, 2015, 04:05 PM
That kind of moss is invasive in that it grows up the trunk. You don't want that. It's good in that it keeps the surface soil from washing away, and water passes through it.

Just don't let it climb up the trunk.
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: rmcninch108 on January 11, 2015, 07:37 AM
Thanks for the information. Robert
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 11, 2015, 08:58 AM
I agree - this is the very worst kind of moss.

You'll be spending HOURS pulling that off the trunk.

Title: Re: Moss
Post by: rmcninch108 on January 11, 2015, 11:40 AM
I think I will remove that moss now. Any advice on the correct kind ? And where to get? Thanks
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: John Kirby on January 11, 2015, 02:40 PM
If you are putting moss on to help regulate moisture loss, get white sphagnum (likevthey use for orchids- check out big box stores), sift it and sprinkle on the surface. Moss will grow over time.
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 11, 2015, 03:15 PM
I use the stuff that grows locally - in the sidewalk, on roofs etc. If you're lucky, you can find it growing in little button sized pads.

Title: Re: Moss
Post by: DorianJF on January 12, 2015, 01:13 PM
Hi Jerry

I just love having moss around my bonsai as I think it really adds character.  I took a recipe on how to grow moss off google and have tried that out but no success so far.

Recently I have really started searching everywhere to find different types and colours of moss. If I find some, I scrape it off and plant it at home.

If you are going to do this, remember to take the top layer of the soil that it is on as it holds the roots intact.  I actually plant it into a pot with my bonsai soil in so that when I need it, I can just use that directly onto my bonsai.

As you will see from the images below, I just let them grow until I need it.  The 3rd image is one that I just recently found and still need to put that into a pot.
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: Anthony on January 13, 2015, 08:03 AM
As moss goes, once in a while you have to punch holes [ American quarter sized ] to allow the moss to remain healthy.
Then at some point complete removal, and compressing by finger, to a thinner application on the soil.

A solid moss layer, needs surface watering to start the process of actually watering the tree.
We normally first water and wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then water again . For morning waterings.

Our moss is local stuff and it handles the sun well.
Good Day
Anthony
Title: Re: Moss
Post by: augustine on January 13, 2015, 09:08 AM
Keep in mind that your elm and juniper are outdoor trees.