Miniature Fairy Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will
Ugh. It’s a pet peeve of mine. I should be a consumer advocate. I just hate seeing people set up for failure – especially in our beloved niche.
A customer emailed the other day and complained that her moss smelled musty. After a bit of digging, pun intended, I found out she used the new moss sheets to cover the ground in around her plants. The moss was getting moldy because of the dampness of the soil and garden. She was actually sold artificial moss for that specific purpose: to “grow” it in her fairy garden. Ugh x 2.
The fairy garden moss that is out on the market today will not work with live plants nor in real soil. It’s fake and should be used only for artificial scenes. It will suffocate and kill the soil and any roots if it is used with real plants too. (Soil is alive, dirt is dead.) That includes any kind of preserved moss, moss sheets, moss clumps, Spanish moss, reindeer moss, whatever you want to call it. It will not work out in a living miniature or fairy garden.
And the funniest thing about this is: it’s expensive!
Ugh x 3!!
AND THEN, I see videos of “professionals” laying the moss sheets right on the soil! She then tucks the odd plant here and there in the moss! Poor plants. That’s just not going to work out well at all. That silly moss will become a nice moldy mess and it will fade to brown quickly in the sun too.
- If you want moss, stick with real moss.
- If you want moss, you need the correct environment for it to grow it in which is difficult to replicate if it doesn’t happen naturally.
- If you want moss to grow on rocks, you need to find moss that grows on rocks or pavement
- If you want moss to grow on the soil, you need to find moss that grows on the soil.
Here is our moss guru, the indelible David Spain with his great (and funny!) website on everything mossy: https://www.mossandstonegardens.com/
And leave that fake moss for your other crafty projects. Make a purse for Mom’s Day or a tie for Father’s Day.
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