After toiling in obscurity, keeping our ecosystems balanced, and helping clean our air, moss finally has its day in the spotlight!
There are more moss terrariums and craft projects dedicated to moss than ever before and if you fancy these little herbaceous plants a whole lot, you can even find moss bulletin boards, graffiti art, and bath mats!
You may have read our other guides about succulent terrariums and hanging terrariums, but now it’s time to talk about the earthiest of them all: the moss terrarium!
We’ve scoped out some of the coolest moss kits and planters to get you started. Then stick around for the DL on how to create and maintain your very own moss terrarium.
Moss Terrarium Kits For Any Space!
1. Kid’s Dinosaur Moss Terrarium
This cute terrarium comes with a 5.25 x 5.25-inch glass bowl, sand, soil, green moss, and decorative rocks. It also includes a plastic dinosaur to turn your terrarium into a prehistoric landscape!
This one would make an excellent gift for the dinosaur enthusiast in your life.
2. Glass Globe Marimo Moss Ball Terrarium Kit
If you keep fish, you’ve probably seen marimo moss balls rolling around the fish tanks in the store. Marimo terrariums are lovely, not just because the moss is so pretty but because you can add other ocean items like sea fans and seashells to decorate.
This terrarium comes with a glass globe vase (3-inches), pebbles, seashells, a sea fan, and two small marimo moss balls.
3. Marimo Moss Ball Terrarium
This sophisticated marimo moss terrarium comes with a teardrop-shaped glass vessel and includes quartz sand, seashells, a sea fan, a marimo moss ball, and instructions for assembly and care.
4. Succulent Terrarium With Moss and River Rocks
This is a beautiful hanging terrarium that’ll brighten any space with rich greenery. The glass globe planter comes with twine for hanging, organic soil, river rocks, reindeer moss, and a succulent.
5. Tiny Terrarium With Live Moss
Tiny terrariums are excellent for freshening up your desktop or on a bedroom nightstand. We love this little globe terrarium kit, and it comes with everything you need to keep your moss happy and healthy! The kit comes with the glass planter, clay, soil, and natural, live moss.
6. Live Moss Mini Terrarium
This little terrarium comes already assembled in a glass bowl with soil, pebbles, moss, and decorative rocks. It’s ready to ship right to your home, no assembly required!
7. Moss Kit
This kit comes complete with potting soil, charcoal, mosses, and river rocks for decoration. All you need is your choice of planter! There are so many creative vessels to create a moss terrarium.
Build Your Own Moss Terrarium + FAQ
- A container
Anything clear and non-draining makes an excellent moss terrarium container. Glass jars, bowls, pitchers, and the bottom of a plastic 2-liter soda bottle will do nicely if you want to get re-purposed about it.
Moss doesn’t require as much ventilation as succulents or some other terrarium-dwelling plants, so you have a little more flexibility when choosing your planter.
- Pebbles or gravel for drainage
Aquarium rock or pea gravel will work well to allow for appropriate water drainage.
- Dry moss or sphagnum moss
Make sure you have some dry moss or sphagnum moss (also known as peat moss) for the bottom layer of your terrarium (we’ll explain why shortly).
Peat, coir, or houseplant soil (i.e. potting soil) works fine.
- Live moss
OK, there are literally thousands of different types of moss in nature. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to become a moss expert to build a terrarium. Just keep in mind that there are two main types of moss: sheet moss and clump moss.
The most common terrarium moss is Dicranum moss or mood mosses. Varieties include mountain-fork, broom-fork, and rock camp moss (to name a few).
You can also collect live moss yourself from your backyard or local park. Just make sure to match the conditions in your terrarium with the moss’s habitat. If it lives in a spot with lots of sunlight, put it in a sunny place in your house. Likewise, if the moss is growing in a shady, damp place, give it the same environment in its terrarium.
When you collect live moss, first examine it closely with a magnifying glass to clearly see its stem and leaves, so you can collect it with minimal damage to the moss. Keep it in a container until you get home, and spritz with water when you place it in its new terrarium habitat.
Remember, the best moss for terrariums will depend very much on where you live and where you place your terrarium in your home.
- Decorative touches
River rocks, bark, small sticks, and even cute little figurines look great in a moss terrarium.
Steps to Building Your Moss Terrarium
- Put down a one-inch layer of pea gravel or aquarium rock in the bottom of the container.
- Place a layer of sphagnum moss or dry moss over the gravel. This layer of moss acts as a barrier between the pebbles and the soil.
- Put a few inches of soil on top of the dry moss layer.
- Pat down your live moss on top of the layer of soil, then mist lightly with a spray bottle full of water.
- Add decorative touches if you like. Sometimes (even though it’ll take a looooong time), you’ll find that your moss likes to grow onto them!
Common Moss Q&A
Does moss grow quickly?
In a word, no. But the good news is, with proper care, it can last years in your terrarium, so you’ll have time to watch it flourish.
Should I fertilize my moss?
Again, no. Fertilizer isn’t good for mosses, so if you are using moss in a mixed terrarium with other plants that may need fertilizer, be sure to keep it away from the moss’s surface.
Do mosses have root systems?
No, they have little root hairs called rhizoids that secure them to objects and form their shape. They don’t use their rhizoids to absorb water or nutrients.
What’s the difference between mosses and lichens?
Even though they look a lot alike and live well together, moss and lichens aren’t the same things.
Mosses are classified as a plant, with leaves and stems. (They’re tiny, but they’re there!) They contain chlorophyll and undergo natural photosynthesis.
Lichens are a combination of fungus and algae and have no leaves, stems, or root systems. Its algal cells contain chlorophyll, which provides food for the fungus using photosynthesis, and the fungus protects the algae from sun exposure and dehydration.
Keep a Moss Terrarium Healthy And Thriving
Monitor Moisture Levels
From the start, use distilled or spring water in a spray bottle for watering moss. Tap water has added minerals and salt, which can harm your mosses over time. Actually, this is true for all terrarium plants.
If your moss is contained in a closed terrarium, mist it every week or so. If it’s in an open terrarium, aim for once every few days. You want to avoid excess water – moss doesn’t love soggy conditions. And for that reason, moss is better paired with air plants than with succulents, which need more water.
How often you water depends a lot on where you choose to keep your terrarium and the humidity in your environment. Keep an eye on the condensation inside the terrarium and the condition of your moss.
If your moss is turning brown, it needs water, so mist it down. If it begins growing brown patches with spots, this could be mold, and you’ve probably been overwatering it. You can remove the moldy area very gently with a pair of tweezers.
Proper Air Flow
Moss does well in humidity, but it does need some airflow to keep it healthy. If it doesn’t get enough circulation, the moss could grow mold or fungus. A terrarium with a covered option is handy for maintaining a good equilibrium.
Mosses in indoor terrariums like ample light, so a sunny windowsill (without too much direct sunlight) or a table by the window works well. As we said earlier, however, if you’ve gathered your moss from its natural environment, mimic those conditions as best you can.
Moss Terrariums to Unlock Imagination!
Because of their bright green colors and lush textures, mosses are great for making enchanted fairy gardens, dinosaur habitats, or mischievous gnome dwellings. If you’re creating a marimo moss terrarium, you can create under-the-sea landscapes with other ocean wildlife.
However you choose to decorate your moss terrarium, it’ll bring peace and lots of smiles to your home!