Cushion Moss just like its name goes is a white moss that resembles pincushions. Keeping a cushion moss garden in your home is done to improve the beauty and quality of your home. They are mostly grown in a moist or swampy environment and they have the ability to absorb and retain water.
These moss are detachable and remain on the soil surface. New cushion moss plants grow at the tip of the female plant.
Cushion moss like every other moss plant has its particular planting and watering techniques. Taking care of your cushion moss the right way is important for the growth of your plant. Below are several ways to take care of your plant and keep your moss garden alive.
1. Soil characteristics
Picking the soil with the right characteristics essential for the growth of your cushion moss plant is very important. The pH level of the soil preferred by most plants is alkaline. But for the cushion moss plant, soils with acidic pH are most preferred. It is very easy to determine the pH of your garden soil before deciding to plant your moss. It is done by getting a simple easy-to-use pH meter from the market and setting it in a sample soil from your garden. Although some of your plants may also grow on alkaline soils, you would notice a major difference when growing them on acidic soils with pH between 5.0-6.0.
Caring for your moss also includes putting it in the right lighting conditions. Most mosses usually require darker environments because they are usually moist and do not get drained of water fast enough. But cushion mosses come in different varieties, some of which thrive well in brighter environments. It may be difficult to know the lighting requirements for each except if you give an expert. You can also study the conditions of the environment where you found the moss. If your moss is not receiving enough light or if the lighting conditions are inappropriate, your garden would be filled with unhealthy plants.
Cushion moss requires a moist environment for proper growth. Giving your moss the adequate amount of water is important for proper care of your moss. Ensure the water is not too excessive to prevent water-logging, as too much water will not be absorbed by the plant and soil. Create a schedule for watering your moss plant, most preferably two times a week.
This involves the removal of unwanted parts if your plants. Some parts of your moss plant may extend farther than the others. They need to be trimmed down. Larger mosses which are not growing properly can be removed and replaced with newer and fresher plants. This would keep your garden looking healthy.
Growing and caring for your cushion moss isn’t such a difficult task. Placing the wild plant somewhere in your home serves to beautify the place if kept healthy. You also have to be cautious of moulds as they tend to grow in the environmental conditions optimum for the growth of your cushion moss.