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Moss in your ground cover

by Rudi Adam

Most of us tend to use moss as part of our ground cover - we just put a piece on and hope for the best, but most of the time the moss will not take and when dried out, starts to curl up at the edges. The result is a ghastly sight.

The best and longest way is to wait until moss grows naturally under the tree, but this can take a long time and happens only with Bonsai of long standing with soil conditions just right.

So we resort to putting on pieces of moss at potting time - sometimes when we are lucky the moss 'takes' to the soil, but other times it will curl up and we have to replace it periodically.

What can we do to encourage the moss to take?

First of all, take away all the old soil from under your piece of moss, then apply a paste made from clay and peat, mixed with water to a pasty mess, place this on the required spot, slip it into place and tuck the edges into the potting medium. Finally, put gravel over the edges of the moss. This should stop it from curling up as it is forced to stay in place.

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Random Bonsai Tip

When a tree has reversed taper or a narrowed 'waistline' above the nebari, you could do an airlayering just above the narrow section; or you could damage the cambium layer by either hammering gently with a mallet or by piercing the bark right into the cambium with a sharp object eg. scissors or an awl. You could also make deep incisions along the grain of the bark, where the healing process will cause scarring which would then thicken the trunk.