“Water Plant” Planting Directions


·         Hardy Water Lilies will grow in a variety of planting mediums such as sand, clay, sub soil, or pea gravel. Do not use peat moss or potting soil and take care not to cover the growing tip or bud. Can be grown in pots and submersed or directly into a pond. Can also be attached to an anchor and thrown into a pond, it will take root from there. Lily’s require at least 4 to 5 hours of direct sun light. They will grow well in 6 inches to 2 feet of water. A monthly fertilizer tablet will increase the blooming potential of your plant. Fertilizer tablets are available at most garden centers.

Great link on planting these.

·          Pickerel Rush/Arrowhead/Cat Tails: These are rhizome plants like the water lily. Do not plant as deep as a water lily. Plant in a pot like the lily but submerse in about 4-6” above pot. They can also be planted directly into your pond.


·          Floating primrose & Parrots feather plants: is just that. Just toss out onto the area you want it to grow! In the winter they sink to the bottom then pop up again in spring. You can however plant this in pots as well and it will do wonderfully.If your region does freeze it is better to plant in pots below the freezing line.


·          Horsetail Rush/Spike Rush: This is a bog plant much like cat tails. It can be planted into a container to help keep in control or directly into your pond. It must be kept wet to survive. Plant about 3-6” deep from the root base. Horsetail will do best in more water but do not put into water more than 4-6" above the soil line. New growth grows from each black band that you see on the stalk. You can put them into the ground or planters if not into a pond...however they need a lot of water to really grow and get established.


·          Spider Lily :is also a bog plant and needs water to survive. Must be planted into the soil in a pond to prevent from freezing. They can be planted into a container and then dropped into your pond(just needs to be submersed and kept from above ground freezing) Plant bulbs twice the size of their circumference.


·          Purple water Iris :is also a bog plant and can be planted into a pot or along the pond edge. This is a much smaller rhizome then regular iris plants; however it gets very massive and intricate root systems!

Water Hyacinths: ls a great plant for water filtration and oxygenation in the pond. All you do is toss it out and let it go! You can break off the baby plants as they get at least 4 leaves so they will float on their own.



 Moss & Lichen Planting Directions


Since they obtain all their nutrients from the air (moss has no true roots), moss plants require nothing more than shade, acidic soil, and adequate moisture to flourish. All moss plants need is a firm soil bed in a location with adequate shade. It is also imperative that the area in which moss plants will be grown is blown or swept clear of any existing plants, leaves or debris. Moss also seems to prefer poor quality soils with low nutrient levels.

Before utilizing moss as part of your shade gardening plans, the soil bed for the moss plants should first be tested to ensure that the pH is between 5.0 and 6.0 (lower is o.k. - 6.5 is max., but not ideal). If necessary, the soil for the moss can easily be amended with liquid sulfur or aluminum sulfate to lower the pH to the desired range.  Also any item you use to make your garden beds more acidic like for azaleas etc (pine straw etc.) works for moss as well. Soil under pine straw for example works well.

Once the moss is placed onto the soil, the sections of moss plants must be pressed firmly (do not flatten mounds) into position and watered regularly for the first 2-3 weeks.

De-chlorinated water is best (rain water) distilled water etc. You can also use the solution you buy for fish tanks to take out the chlorine.


Moss covered cedar bark can be placed onto your limbs with fishing line to stay in place. Instant moss covered limbs!


 Miniature Pots with Live Moss

Most people put these inside terrariums so same care. You can take a toothpick or wire and insert into the bottom of the hole and then into your glass jar. You can also just glue to a piece of wood etc but be sure the item you glue to can be misted when you mist your moss.

If left out in the open air...they need to be misted about once or twice a week unless they are in outside gardens then let mother nature take care of them or again you can mist if you like. Still NO direct light on these and do give 3-6 hours of some type of light for them to continue growing. These can be made with my preserved moss as well.


Open Style Terrariums-Mood Moss

Indirect sunlight 3-6 hours. Distilled water is best if your water is highly chlorinated. Mood moss can take a bit more water...so water about once a week and pour out any standing water you may see in the dish after about 5 minutes. They love to also be misted and you can doe this just a bit when you water as well. Do not water deeply more than once a week but you might spritz with water a few times a week.


Terrariums/Vivarium planting directions


Living moss does best if given plenty of moisture, humidity and light. I have found that the more light they receive the better they grow. When you first receive your moss it might be a bit dry. However this does not damage the plants. Thoroughly spray the moss with water (distilled or rain water seems to be better in vivariums) and they will green up within a few hours.

The moss should be planted on top of an acidic soil that will retain moisture yet drain well. Peat moss can also be used, although it takes much longer to thoroughly moisten and will break down quickly from the constant moisture. Layer the substrate at least 1" thick and gently firm it down. Lightly "scratch" the surface of the soil with your fingers or a fork to loosen up the top 1/4" or so. Now, gently, but firmly press the moss into position.
Once all the moss has been planted, thoroughly spray them the water to help settle them into place. Under normal conditions, additional fertilization is unnecessary. The waste products from the terrarium inhabitants is usually sufficient food for the moss. Once the moss establishes itself, it will begin to spread and fill in any uncovered areas.


Resurrection fern

This is a fascinating plant very common in the Southeast and found from  Florida to New York and west to  Texas. The fern is an air plant, which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on the outer surface of bark. Resurrection fern lives on the branches of large trees such as cypresses and live oaks. It is often found in the company of other air plants such as Spanish moss and wild pine.

Remember these are bare root plants you are getting. The whole root section is a living plant as it roots wherever it touches dirt. I leave some leaves attached so you see where the nodes are and where new leaves will sprout. Keep them WELL WATERED until new growth appears and roots are established. Cover as much as possible to allow new roots. Leaf drop is possible at this time untill new roots are established but will not hurt the plant.
Bare Root Ground covers/Vines: Hall’s Honeysuckle or Virginia Creeper



                Delicate Fern Moss

                  Thuidium delicatulum

  Family: Thuidiaceae
Genus: Thuidium (thoo-ID-ee-um) 
Species: delicatulum (del-lih-KAY-tew-lum) 

Synonym:Thuidium delicatulum var. repens


under 6 in. (15 cm)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

Sun Exposure
Partial to Full Shade

Grown for foliage

Other details
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Propagation Methods
By simple layering







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