How to Apply Moss to Make Flower Pots Look Old


Moss is known to grow in any shady, damp area, including on flower pots, statues, walls and walkways. You can help along the process of moss growth to create that Old World feel in your own landscape with a moss milkshake applied to the desired locations. A number of recipes for moss milkshakes are available-- some requiring different ingredients--supposedly needed to speed growth--but a just a simple mixture is needed to give the moss a place to start growing.

Step 1

Gather moss, removing as much soil as possible. Pick out any foreign objects such as pine needles, rocks, acorns etc. Keep moist until mixing time.

Step 2

Mix moss with buttermilk until it reaches a pudding-like consistency, using a blender or hand mixer.

Step 3

Paint moss mixture onto the sides of clay, concrete or hypertufa containers, statues, walls and walkways in shady locations, as desired.

Step 4

Move pots into shady locations and mist with water regularly to help promote the growth of transplanted moss.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not collect moss from national park areas or historic landmarks without permission beforehand. Doing so may be considered a crime. Moss will not grow as well on synthetic containers such as plastic.

Things You'll Need

  • Live moss
  • Buttermilk
  • Blender or hand mixer
  • Paint brush
  • Flower pots
  • Water


  • Martha Stewart: Making History: Aging Pots
  • Penn State University Extension: Moss Gardening
  • WSU Master Garden Association: Hypertufa Pots and Troughs

Who Can Help

  • Supernaturale: Moss Graffiti
Keywords: hypertufa pots, old world gardening, aging pots

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University, studying education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills, re-using, recycling, and re-inventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.