Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Fern and Moss Garden


I saw this lovely custom made dish garden at one of my favorite florists. This one, which is made of ferns and moss, is an especially lovely reminder of the quiet of the forest.  

Ferns and mosses are among the plants that have lived on the earth for the longest time. As soft and vulnerable in appearance as they may seem, they do grow quite easily, recover well from setbacks, and propagate in nature, with ease.  

A display like this can last for several months or so but should eventually grow to the point where it will have to be taken apart. Some of the plants could be put into pots or maybe one of the ferns and the moss will still fit together into the dish garden.

It can be an enjoyable craft to put a dish garden together. The secret to success with that is making sure the plants have the same light and watering requirements. Ferns and moss do, so this one should work out well. 

You can send flowers or plants almost anywhere in the world from this florist:

Care Instructions:
  • Bright indirect light or some morning sun is best. Direct afternoon sun will be too strong.
  • A dish garden needs to be carefully and evenly watered. Ferns and moss like to stay on the moist side so water when the top of the soil is dry.  
  • Make sure the dish garden is not "swimming" in water but that is watered enough to soak all the way to the bottom of the container.  
  • It may take a little experimentation in how much water to use but the plants will let you know if you are on the right track.
  • These plants appreciate humidity and a daily mist of water should help.
  • Fertilize occasionally  

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