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Mood Moss - Growth and Care | TN Nursery

Mood Moss

Mood Moss- Dicranum scoparium

Hardy Planting Zones- 1-7

Sun or Shade - Full shade to part shade

Mature Height - 1-5"

Mature Width- 3-4"

Bloom Season- Summer

Mood moss can be seen growing in many parts of the Great Lakes region and throughout the United States, mainly in forested areas. It also grows in Ontario, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, and other regions. The plant itself is very thick, lush, and velvety. This plant grows in the form of clumps in vibrant humus soil or on logs. However, it can easily be added to improve the landscape for rock gardens, ground cover for miniatures, or even topiaries. If you are growing it inside, it will need a lot of artificial light. If you are growing it outside, it's theirs when planted in an entirely shady or mostly shady area.

Caring for mood moss

At the beginning of the plant's growth (1-3 months), it requires minimal moisture for establishment. The moss should be watered lightly for 3-4 minutes, 2-3 times daily. If, after three months, you want the moss to become thicker, continue the watering regimen. Once established (3-6 months), it is extremely drought tolerant. The moss is not suited for regular foot traffic but decorative purposes.

Overall, this is an excellent plant with different accent stones and planting to improve your landscape. I'd highly recommend it to any planter looking to add some decoration that accents other plants. You definitely won't be disappointed when you see the power and beauty of mood moss in your backyard!

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Broom Forkmoss - TN Nursery

Broom Forkmoss

Broom Forkmoss is a hardy, commonly used moss species with slender, upright shoots and distinctive forked or feather-like branches. It is often found in various terrestrial habitats. It is perfect for stale areas and works to clean up stagnant water. Moss is a bioindicator plant that is super beneficial for cleaning near moisture. Adding Broom Forkmoss to your property can provide various benefits now and well into the future. This spongy material spreads quickly along the ground, providing a lush landscape that holds up well in many different environments. Broom Forkmoss Looks Like Messy Hair This type looks like your hair after standing outside for too long on a windy day. Of course, unlike your hair, you won't have a tangled mess to get rid of after the weather calms down. This is because it only grows to be a few centimeters high. It typically has a green hue and can be used across your entire yard or in localized areas as you see fit. Broom Forkmoss Acts as a Purifier One of the primary benefits of having this plant on your property is that it can remove toxins from the air. This can be especially ideal if you are allergic to smoke, pollen, or other irritants you may be exposed to outdoors. In addition, removing pollutants can make the air smell cleaner and fresher, benefiting everyone who lives on your property or nearby. Another great reason to have Broom Forkmoss on your property is that you won't need to spend money on air filters. You also won't need to waste electricity on indoor or outdoor air purifying systems that may or may not get the results that you want. Even better, since it doesn't grow upwards, you won't need to mow it often or ever. This further minimizes oil or electricity usage associated with a lawn mower or other landscaping equipment. Broom Forkmoss Reduces Noise  In addition to removing toxins from the air, it can also help reduce noise. This can be ideal if you have a baby in the house who needs to sleep or wants to hear yourself think after a long day at work.

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Cushion Moss - TN Nursery

Cushion Moss

Cushion moss is a low-growing, densely matted plant that forms a lush green ground cover in shady, moist environments. It's a versatile evergreen ground cover with numerous air-cleaning benefits. Its distinctive formation and adaptability make it a favored choice for enhancing outdoor spaces in water gardens and features, shade, and damp areas. Cushion Moss Has Breathtaking Looks Cushion Moss grows in thick, pillow-shaped mounds that are at least as big as a pincushion. These mounds can grow up to a foot in diameter. The new stems are long and pointed in winter or late autumn. Their beaked, blunt end caps and golden to reddish brown shades are telltale signs of maturity. They are vibrant green and also form dense, round cushions. They can split off and grow into new plants, a process known as fragmentation, which helps with asexual reproduction. This is how the plant can cover such a large area so fast. The dense foliage that this form provides shelter and protection to various animals and tiny organisms. They retain moisture, creating ideal microclimates for insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. These microclimates help to build more significant habitats for larger species. They even act as a thick layer of insulation, reducing the impact of severe temperatures and creating a steady habitat for creatures who live on or under it. Because of their insulating qualities and gentle texture, they are a favored nesting material for many tiny animals and birds. They absorb pollutants from the air, making them excellent natural air purifiers. Tiny, hair-like structures known as rhizoids and papillae cover the surface, serving as a net for airborne dust and catching it on the surface. The structure then uses capillary action and microbial processes to digest and decompose the particles after they are within it. They also have bacteria that can transform pollution into usable biomass. Get Rid of Weeds With Cushion Moss It is an excellent weed suppressor because it can form a physical barrier, release allelopathic chemicals, and shade the soil. Their enhanced ability to better compete with weeds for nutrients also contributes to their weed suppression abilities. In addition to stabilizing the dirt and stopping plant colonization, their thick growth habit further prevents weed seed germination. Cushion Moss, also known as a pincushion, is a type of low-growing plant that is very densely packed together. Its primary role is to serve as an evergreen covering over the ground, offering numerous cleansing benefits for the air. It’s highly adaptable to various gardens and landscapes and naturally welcoming and inviting. Beyond its lush appearance, it also serves a primary role in the ecosystem of many frogs, insects, and spiders. It can help contribute to a healthy and vibrant garden. Officially called leucobryum glaucum, it is native to the forests of North America. It thrives the best in moist areas with plenty of shade but can do well with minimal sunlight. It also prefers soil that is a bit more sandy and less dense. You’ll most commonly find it in moist gardens, rock gardens, alongside pathways, or near water areas. It is instantly recognizable for its green color, which sometimes has a tint of blue. The drier it gets. However, the more the blue tint begins to fade, the lighter the green will become. In many ways, it is like nature’s carpet. It’s very soothing to step barefoot over and help you connect with nature. For this reason, its luxuriant appearance can turn a dull landscape into a pleasant and soothing one. What is the Appeal of Cushion Moss To Gardeners It offers many benefits for gardeners beyond its plush feel or verdant appearance. It acts as a natural mulch to keep weed growth to a minimum and help the soil beneath it retain moisture. This allows the soil in gardens to remain hydrated even during drought. Another benefit to it is how low maintenance it is. It only requires minimal pruning and watering to maintain its vibrancy. This makes it a good choice for those who want a lush landscape that doesn’t require much care. It is a low-maintenance plant that will help protect your soil, promote a healthy ecosystem, and create a welcoming environment for your landscape or garden.

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