How to Make Moss Covered Clay Pots


Whether you're designing an English garden or just want to add an antique look to your landscape, making moss-covered clay pots for your flowers or plants will achieve the ambiance you're going for. You can create your own moss-covered pots easily using store-bought terracotta planters. All you need is some moss or moss spores and some buttermilk or plain yogurt.

Step 1

Lift up mosses from around your home using a gardening trowel or purchase a package of moss spores. If you collect mosses, finely chop the moss and spread it out to dry for three days.

Step 2

Place the chopped moss or moss spores into a blender and add 2 cups of buttermilk or plain yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Step 3

Pour the mixture into a cup or small bowl. Apply the mixture generously to the entire outside of the terracotta pot using a paintbrush.

Step 4

Place the painted clay pot carefully into a large plastic bag. Tie the bag at the top.

Step 5

Place the terracotta pot in a cool, shaded spot for about 10 days. When the moss starts to grow, remove the pot from the plastic bag.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid selecting plants that don't require regular watering for your moss-covered clay pot. To keep the moss growing, it will need to have water frequently permeating the clay.

Things You'll Need

  • Terracotta pots
  • Dried moss or moss spores
  • Garden trowel
  • Buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • Blender
  • Cup or small bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Large clear plastic bag
  • Twist tie


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Who Can Help

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