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How to Grow Moss Between Stones on a Patio

By Tracy Morris
Dense mats of moss are made up of a multitude of tiny plants.
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When moss grows on stone, it gives the stone an aged feel. Moss is a non-parasitic plant that grows in areas of light to deep shade. Like ferns, moss grows from spoors. Instead of roots, the spoors develop threadlike structures known as protonema, which attach to the surface of your rock and develop flat, tiny leaves. A single patch of moss is composed of thousands of plants. Although naturally-growing moss can take time to develop, you can quickly cultivate moss between the stones of your patio using manual means.

Watch your patio over a few days to determine which parts of the patio are shaded. Moss will not grow well in sunlight. Moss will grow in an area that receives early morning or evening sunlight provided that the area is shaded during the midday.

Mix 1 part buttermilk and 2 parts water.

Crumble 2 parts moss into this mixture and stir well to form a moss slurry.

Dip a paintbrush into your mixture.

Paint the mixture between stones and cracks in your patio in the areas that receive midday shade.

Check the mixture up to 4 times daily and mist with water from a water bottle. The slurry should not dry out if you want to establish moss. The moss will establish itself within 2 weeks.


Things You Will Need

  • Moss
  • Buttermilk
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Misting bottle


  • Moss will not stand up to heavy foot traffic. Always locate your moss in an area where it will not be trampled.

About the Author


Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.