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Moss Terrarium

August 7, 2011


I love moss! From above it may look uniformly green and velvety, but only up close can you see how beautiful and varied it is.

Making the trip to the Moss Temple in Kyoto (Kokedera) was one of the best experiences of my life, and after visiting I completely fell in love with these crazy little plants.

Kokedera – I know I’ve declared blog bankruptcy on my Japan trip, but one day I’d love to blog about the Moss Temple.

I’ve been meaning to make a moss terrarium ever since I read this article in Lifehacker. It only took me a few years to get around to it, but here it is! I used some leftover aquarium gravel in the bottom layer, followed by a thin layer of potting mix.

For the moss, I went hunting along my street. I found quite a few mossy clumps growing inside cracks in the pavement, and levered them out with a butterknife (apologies to my neighbours – who probably found the sight of a small asian girl stalking their street armed with a butterknife quite alarming for a Sunday arvo). I put in two types of moss – it’ll be interesting to see which one does better.

And to finish my terrarium off – a little ceramic goose I won from a galette de rois.

Moss Terrarium
Moss Terrarium
Mizu likes to terrarium
Mizu likes to terrarium too

The internet says to water it with a few drops every few days. Wish me luck!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhiannon permalink
    August 8, 2011 1:09 pm

    OOOhhhh I like this a lot! Now I want one of these. Perhaps this will be a good project to keep me busy 🙂 …. at least for a little while.

    • August 8, 2011 1:56 pm

      Yess! It’s so easy to make (well I say that now…. maybe ask me again in a few weeks if it’s still alive!!) – and so pretty 🙂

  2. August 8, 2011 6:50 pm

    OMG – soooo cute! And I can just imagine you moss-hunting on your street with butter knife in hand – too funny! Tweet progress pictures for us…

  3. August 12, 2011 7:00 pm

    never knew moss could be so cute!

    • August 17, 2011 11:07 pm

      It’s like mini baby plants up close… totally cute!

  4. August 15, 2011 6:18 pm

    Oh don’t worry about the weird Asian girl with butter knife thing- i can give you a run for your money! Every weekend I head down to the creek at the back of our apartments, armed with a pair of long handled secateurs, to harvest gum leaves for my stick insects. I always wonder what the neighbors think I’m doing, balanced precariously on a rock and reaching up on tippy toes lopping off random bits of tree and stuffing the leaves into a plastic bag…..

    • August 17, 2011 11:06 pm

      I looove that. I wish I could see you walking around one day hahaa.

      I hope your stickies are doing well!!

  5. September 6, 2011 3:32 pm

    I wanna make one too

    • September 6, 2011 3:35 pm

      Mine’s still alive 1 month later… I would give it a go!

  6. bronyasmolen permalink
    October 9, 2012 6:28 am

    My first word was Moss! My grandad used to take me on walks and point out all the plants around, so I ended up saying Moss first! Plus I had a toy duck which I took everywhere with me, and I love cats so so much. This post made me feel so nostalgic!! I will have to make a terrarium too as your’s is so cute!

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