Print

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.

Contact Us

We would be happy to hear from you should you like to find out more about the club, meetings or bonsai in general.

Send us a mail

Year Programme

We have an exciting calendar of club meetings, events and public exhibitions planned for 2017/8.

Learn more

Haiku

Southeaster hustles

an adventurous ant

on his tireless search.

Random Bonsai Tip

Salvaging wire - Off-cuts of heavy electric cable (three centimeters diameter) as used by the Electricity department will keep you in copper and galvanized wire for a few years. Galvanized wire can be used for stay wiring and also tying down trees and pots against the wind.