Flower & Twig Moss
Flower & Twig moss is sustainably collected in Melbourne and Tasmania from private properties. We generally have 3-4 varieties available and offer them in variety packs.
Terrarium Moss FAQs
Can I grow moss in a terrarium?
Yes you can! Moss thrives in damp and humid conditions. This makes closed terrariums the perfect vessels to grow some lush green moss.
Can moss grow in an open terrarium?
Moss will not grow well in an open terrarium because it dries out extremely quickly. It can dry out easily in 1 day if it is too hot or breezy. We tried and tested it in open terrariums in a range of different conditions. We have come to the conclusion that it is definitely not for open terrariums!
What types of moss can I grow in a terrarium?
Certain moss will grow better in terrariums. We love using Star Moss, Pillow Moss and also the reliable Sheet Moss. It can be hard to get moss in Australia as the season to gather it is very short. We mainly use Sheet Moss year round as we have a reliable commercial moss grower that supplies us weekly with lovely green moss.
Do I need moss in a terrarium?
You don't need to have moss in a closed terrarium, it's completely up to you and how you want your terrarium to look. But..... it looks so good!
How do I plant moss in a terrarium?
Add a layer of appropriate substrate (such as potting soil or sphagnum moss) to the bottom of your terrarium to create a suitable base for the moss. Place small sections or patches of moss onto the substrate. You can break larger pieces into smaller sections to cover a larger area. Press the moss gently onto the substrate. Make sure to mist well and place your terrarium in an area that receives bright indirect light. Moss grows in shaded forest so we need to try and mimic these conditions so it does need to be kept out of direct sunlight.
Let's Talk Moss
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! It is extremely difficult to keep it from 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 areas. 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 absolutely fine! When you receive your moss, open it immediately to let some air in and place it in a transparent glass 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.