Flower & Twig Moss
Flower & Twig moss is homegrown in my greenhouse in Melbourne. When I first started building terrariums I found it difficult to source different types of Moss so I began to propagate it which means the moss is sustainably grown and harvested.
Moss is quite easy to care for if it is in a closed terrarium. Closed terrariums create their own water cycle. They have less evaporation and plenty of condensation which creates the perfect conditions for growing moss. They require minimum watering - basically mist the moss when you build your terrarium and then only water again if the moss starts to look dehydrated. Signs of dehydration are dry to touch and yellowing or dullness of moss.
Using moss in open terrariums can be a bit trickier, especially in hot summers. Moss is not a fan of the sun or heat! You will need to constantly monitor it to check it isn't drying out.
If your moss does get dehydrated and starts to yellow, you can bring it back to a healthy green! Give it a good misting and it should slowly start to fluff up and green up.
Moss loves damp environments. you do have to be careful though to not create a swampy puddle in your terrarium. The best way to avoid this is to mist your moss! Moss can be sensitive to tap water due to the amount of chlorine in it - it can turn the moss brown very quickly. Try to use rainwater, filtered or distilled water. Use a mist or spray bottle if possible - your moss will appreciate the fine and light droplets.
Moss thrives in shady areas naturally growing in low light and damp forests and fern filled gullys. Make sure to keep it in an area that receives indirect light - no sun at all or it will just melt away - and smell really bad! Indirect light is important as it still does need some light to grow. It will also respond well to led lights - I use these for the moss that I grow indoors in a dark room and it responds very well to it.
Moss can also be pruned if it starts to look too long and stringy or patchy in places. Trim the longer bits to promote fuller regrowth at the base and bushyness.
You may not be using your moss straight away and that's absoutely fine! When you receive your moss, open it immediately to let some air in and place it in a seethrough glass container or plastic container - old sterilised takeaway containers are perfect for this. Give it a fresh misting with rainwater or filtered water and keep in an area that receives bright, indirect light.
Open up the container every couple of weeks to allow some fresh air in and give it a light misting is it looks dry or there's no condensation on the container. Keep in a cool area until ready to use.