How to Grow an Indoor Moss Garden


Indoor moss gardens provide a charming, fresh and green accent to your home. Thriving with very little sunlight, these gardens can be planted in an open planter or a closed moss terrarium, as you prefer. Indoor moss gardens can thrive on your desk or anywhere in your home. Add natural or whimsical items to your moss garden to bring a touch of personality to your planting.

Step 1

Choose a suitable container. Plant your indoor moss garden in a traditional planter or opt for a lidded glass jar to create a moss terrarium. Wash the container well, then dry before preparing to plant your indoor moss garden.

Step 2

Place 1 to 2 inches of pebbles, stones or gravel into your planter or container. Add a layer of charcoal, then a thin layer of sphagum moss. Top the stones, charcoal and moss with at least 1 to 2 inches of potting soil.

Step 3

Use a small shovel to dig moss from your yard and nearby areas. Shake away the excess dirt and store in plastic storage bags until you are ready to plant. Purchase several varieties of moss at your local garden center if you are unable to find any to dig.

Step 4

Plant the moss, handling it quite gently. Tap the soil into place, then mist well. Keep the moss quite damp for at least three to four weeks.

Step 5

Place your moss garden out of direct sunlight. Mist frequently. Place the lid onto your moss terrarium, but do not seal the container to prevent moss. Watch for condensation on a moss terrarium and mist if it appears dry.

Step 6

Add decorative accents to your garden. Choose pretty stones or sticks for a natural look or small toys or tiny decorative ceramic pieces for a playful look.

Things You'll Need

  • Container for your indoor moss garden
  • Pebbles, stones or aquarium gravel
  • Charcoal
  • Sphagum moss
  • Potting soil
  • Small shovel
  • Mosses
  • Plastic bags
  • Decorative accents


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About this Author

Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing on a variety of subjects from finance to crafts since 2004. Her work appears on sites including eHow and She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which has provided strong research skills and a varied range of interests.