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How to care for and grow a moss terrarium

Moss terrariums…your tiny forest in a jar.
Terrariums are a perfect environment for moss because they are able to maintain the appropriate humidity and moisture levels.

 
Keep indoors, near bright light but away from direct sun.
It is possible to grow moss under a fluorescent or LED light.
※If you grow moss under these lights, expose terrarium to 8-10 light hours hours per day.




Watering
Moss needs a moist environment, because water is absorbed through the leaves, the whole terrarium should be sprayed once every 2 -3 weeks. Check to see that the soil is always moist but water is not pooling in the bottom, in this case excess water should be removed with a dropper.

        




Fertilizing
Generally fertilizer is not needed unless the moss begins to lose its colour. If this happens, liquid fertilizer for foliage plants can be applied by misting once or twice a year. It is easy to over fertilize however so follow the dilution instructions.




Trimming
If the moss outgrows the terrarium, it can be trimmed with scissors. Likewise any brown parts of moss should be removed to prevent mold.Shoots will grow 1 to 2 months after trimming.






Transplanting
Eventually your forest may outgrow its jar, when this time comes, the moss can be removed with tweezers. After trimming any brown parts it can be placed in its newly prepared home.




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Q: What should I do if I find mould in my terrarium?
A: Fungus should be removed with a cotton swab and then disinfected with a horticultural germicide. If the mould has spread to a large area within the jar, use tweezers to remove the moss from the jar. Then, wash with cold water and disinfect with germicide.
*Make sure to read the instructions for the germicide thoroughly before use.


Q: Can moss be grown in a dark space?
A: Moss cannot grow in complete darkness. However, it is possible to grow it under a fluorescent or LED light. If you choose to keep the terrarium in a dark space, make sure to expose it to 8-10 hours of light daily.


Q: Is it possible to make a terrarium with moss acquired in the wild?
A: Wild moss often has residue from fallen leaves and bugs, so it is important to wash it thoroughly before putting it in a terrarium. However, commercially available terrarium moss is always the most reliable. It is not always permissible to pick moss from private land, National Parks and nature reserves and can be punishable by law. Always make sure to seek permission when picking from such areas.


Q: Is it ok to leave the lid of the terrarium closed for extended periods?
A: Terrariums can flourish with the lid on, even for over a month. Some moss grows stronger when exposed to ventilation. When you have time, ventilate the terrarium with the lid off for about 5 minutes.