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Rock and Alpine Gardening: Wanted: help with moss in a rock garden

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baberbie
Lafayette, LA

August 17, 2006
4:10 AM

Post #2630648

I need all the information I can get on growing moss. I have tons of it growing on the ground in my back yard and have been transplanting it to a rock garden. What do I need to do to keep it alive and looking good. I would also like to see it spread. Any tricks of the trade I should know about?
UUallace
Cincinnati, OH

August 17, 2006
2:54 PM

Post #2631500

What kind of moss do you have?
baberbie
Lafayette, LA

August 17, 2006
6:29 PM

Post #2632215

I'm sorry. I don't know the name of it. It grows on the ground and the roots of trees in my yard.
baberbie
Lafayette, LA

August 17, 2006
6:58 PM

Post #2632302

Here's a picture of two diferen't kinds (I think) growing in my yard.

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UUallace
Cincinnati, OH

August 17, 2006
8:14 PM

Post #2632489

The one on the right looks like what I have. I thought it was a cushion moss. The two native species here are Leucobryum, which should be whitish green or greyish green. Whatever we have is prettier.
Could the on on the right one be one of these?
http://davesgarden.com/forums/fp.php?pid=2568475
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/57931/index.html
Larry
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2006
11:52 AM

Post #2634400

here's a link to a place that sells moss but also has some info on growing

http://www.mossacres.com/

gram
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2006
2:44 PM

Post #2641130

Wish I could help with the id but I don't know much of anything about moss other than it doesn't grow well for me. Whatever they are they sure are pretty.

I did a little bit of searching and found an article that has a great deal of information on the life cycle and progagation that you might find interesting. Just click on the download full article in PDF option on the below link.

http://nativeplants.for.uidaho.edu/journal/published.asp?Action=GetAbstract&Article_ID=193

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