A tremendous number of many kinds of invertebrates lives in mosses.

Plant any before introducing mosses. If you want to add any foundation plants, perennials, or hardscaping, it is best to do that first and add the mosses last. Prepare the soils to suit the vascular plants and then smooth the surface for the mosses to create a living mulch around them.

In mosses, the dominant stage is the haploid generation (the gametophyte).

Thanks for your reply. The moss would be growing on a wall which is hit by the sun in the back. There is no shade from trees or anything that creates shadow except the wall (since the sun is basically shinning from behind). Do you think moss can still grow on this wall in the Houston summer? How would you go about doing this? Also, where can I find or buy Thuidium Delecatulum from?


Including moss in the common name, does not mean it’s a true moss.

Joanna, moss does not hold up to vigorous play by kids or dogs. 🙁 ~ David

Mosses can be successfully transplanted anytime of the year. The requirements for their survival are the same no matter the zone or season. The difference in care however will vary depending on what Mother Nature is doing. In general the differences in the time of year come down to moisture. If temperatures are mild then moisture retention is higher than it would be if you were experiencing 100 degree days when evaporative effects are increased. The more rainfall, the less irrigation you will have to provide.


Ferns and mosses do not have vascular tissue

Generally, the upper tissues have the most rapid conduction and are supplied by
water first and some water may then move downwards inside the plant.

Carnivorous plants do not perform photosynthesis

Mosses do not draw nutrients or sustenance from the substrates they are attached too; therefore, anything you apply to the substrate is not utilized by the moss since it does not have the root structure necessary to benefit from such applications.

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Common Pleurocarps for moss garden are: Thuidium delecatulum, Plagiomnium cuspidatum, Climacium americanum, Bryandersonia illecebra, Entodon seductrix, Hypnum cupressiforme, and Hypnum imponens.

Bryophytes: Mosses - plant phys

To develop an area of moss, you will need to start from the ground up. First remove any existing plants that you do not want, especially grasses and weeds. A pre-emergent like can be applied to discourage germination of any existing seeds.

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As a non vascular system, mosses don’t need protection from being compressed. With some foot traffic, their cellulose remains flexible, allowing mosses to be compressed without the kind of damage that occurs when vascular plants are trod on. The key difference is that their flexible structure and small scale are susceptible to breaking, if stretched. As such, walking flat-footed is greatly tolerated, while running or shuffling isn’t.