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Old 06-03-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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I love moss. Always have. Moss (and ferns).
And there are all kinds of moss, and some that aren't really even moss...

But where would I acquire varieties other than that which grows in my back yard?
As in online?

I'd found one nursery many years ago that had an assortment of woodland mosses that they grew themselves...some where up North.

It's been so long - and I'm not finding them now as I Google.

Any suggestions? Bonsai?
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Moss gardens suppliers of sheet moss for moss gardens & moss gardening
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Many thanks! (That was fast...)
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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If you collect any southern style moss (from oak trees)....make sure to spray it before too much handling or you'll get eat up with red bugs. You may not see them, but you'll sure know you have them after the fact. They itch like crazy....and get in the WORST places on your body.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Southern style? Oh, you mean Spanish Moss ? (Which is actually an air plant, not a moss...but yeah...I have that, too.)
Is that really an Oak thing? Mine liked Banyan and Poinciana.

I know it well - lived in So.Fl. for almost thirty years. Previously have had no problems with bugs (I know some people do) but it does make me sneeze.
The red bugs/chiggers, studies report, are more likely found from that which has fallen to the ground...had never seen those little brats before now.
I'm trying Tillandsia hung here in Huntsville, AL just to see if it really will come back from seed after a long, cold sleep. Some swear by it; with care, will naturalize. We'll see. Some draped on my potted Powder Puff, too...just in case...both to come in for the winter and stay downstairs. Will treat for critters if need be.

I have chiggers in my ornamental grass and in the woods...I know 'eaten well, too.

Last edited by 33458; 06-03-2009 at 08:31 PM.. Reason: I see you're in Orlando - Spanish Moss Mecca! :)
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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When I'm on a deadbed, one of the things I will miss will be the smell of the forest moss. My dd, sometimes, picks a piece for me to sniff because she knows Mom loves it. Who needs perfume? This is the purest smell there is (of earth, dampness, mushrooms).
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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I, like you.

I was up on the hill behind my house a few months ago, just taking a walk...out in the middle of the deer zone. Nothing but nothing. Trees, moss, rocks, quiet. And it started raining.
I stayed there and just took it all in, the ultimate chill.

Yep, it is pure and complete bliss.
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I believe it was the Martha Stewart show or some ilk that showcased moss gardens and their maintenance. They had I really good tip (I tried it, and it works) of mixing a yogurt/water solution to provide just the right acidic conditions for transplanting most mosses.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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i spotted some moss in a damp part of my garden. i tried transplanting it alongside another "et" plant, but it just dried up. it only got a tiny bit of sun, but i think even that lil bit was too much.

i love moss also.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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If you collect any southern style moss (from oak trees)....make sure to spray it before too much handling or you'll get eat up with red bugs. You may not see them, but you'll sure know you have them after the fact. They itch like crazy....and get in the WORST places on your body.
When I went to the Carolinas and Georgia, (Savannah and Charleston areas mostly), I wanted some, but my friend, a 'seasoned southern belle' advised me against it.....she called them 'mites'..... Needless to say, I just ended up with Kodak moments and that's it...
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