About Ladyfern Moss
Ladyfern moss has been sustainably grown and harvested from our family owned property in the beautiful Fleurieu peninsula located in South Australia.
All moss is meticulously collected fresh by hand to ensure only the very best lush, and healthy moss is selected. Moss is sustainably sourced from areas of proven abundance within the property, and only small fragments from each growing area are carefully collected at a time to ensure minimal disturbance, leaving behind the majority of natural moss to ensure quick regeneration.
Please be mindful that stock is subject to availability, and there may be periods where moss collection will be put on hold to allow for regeneration.
Moss is an amazing division of plant life called Bryophytes which consists of over 12,000 species which have existed for hundreds of millions of years. Moss is found throughout the world and can be found growing just about anywhere except salt water.
Moss is unlike your usual plant as it does not have a typical root system and so can be found growing on more than just soil, including wood logs and rocks. Though moss is very resilient, cool, moist environments closest to it's natural habitat will encourage it's success and reproductive life cycle by spores and vegetative spread.
Some of the varieties found naturally in Australia come in a vast array of colours including vibrant chartreuse, golden olive green, deep forest green and even hints of red.
Moss can be super easy to care for, especially if used in a closed terrarium. It can be used in open terrariums too, but that being said, I've found the best results for moss growth and longevity when used in lidded terrariums. With closed terrariums, there is an increase in condensation and less water evaporation, so when the lid is on, moisture stays within the vessel and keeps moss hydrated and fluffy. Open the lid up every week or two to let some air flow in, and leave the lid off for about half an hour after watering to allow some natural evaporation.
Closed terrariums barely need watering. I'd suggest only misting with water after an initial set up, if the moss is visibly dehydrated or dry to the touch.
If you want to use moss in an open terrarium, or a concept more exposed to airflow, I'd suggest keeping a closer eye on the moss to monitor for signs of dehydration. Keep in mind, these settings will require more frequent watering.
You can tell moss is dehydrated as it will usually shrivel down and become more compact, look brittle and often dull in colour.
If you find your moss has gone yellow or brown after long periods of little to no moisture, you may be surprised to find that once it is misted with cool, fresh water it will most likely spring back to life and become green and fluffy again. If however it is too far gone, it may have died off completely or entered into dormancy. When conditions are less than ideal, the moss will naturally die down, however throughout this time, spores remain alive in the environment and can come back to life when cool, moist conditions return.
When watering, best results are achieved with less impurities. I'd suggest rain water, spring water or distilled as opposed to tap water which can sometimes alter the quality of the moss and glass you may wish to house it in.
Instead of directly pouring water over the moss, mist with a spray bottle which has a nice even flow of fine water droplets - ideal to hydrate your moist adequately.
Avoid placing your moss in full sun as this can quickly dry it out. It does best in dappled morning sun or filtered light, though it likes shady spots, some light is crucial for healthy plant growth and photosynthesis.
When you receive your moss, immediately open up the packaging to give it some air and place it is a covered glass or plastic storage container (sterilized, recycled takeaway containers work well).
Give it a good spray of cool water to hydrate it again. Ladyfern moss is sprayed thoroughly prior to posting and sent in eco packaging that retains a fair amount of moisture during transit. If however it does arrive a little dry or dull, follow the previous steps outlined and it should bounce back after hydration and some cool, fresh air. If moss is extremely dry, alternatively it can be soaked in chilled water for a few minutes.
Did you know you can also store unused moss in the eco packaging it came in! If you want to use your leftover moss at a later date, simply open it up every week to let some air in, spray it with water and give it a small amount of natural sunlight (ideally soft morning sunshine). The packaging is slightly breathable and still lets some sunlight permeate, so no need to take it out completely, unless it will be in storage for longer than a month.
You can even keep it in the fridge (keep it closed of course) to mimic cooler conditions if the weather is super hot. It will still need some airflow and light though, so should be taken out every so often.
. . . Last but not least, love your moss and watch it evolve!
Moss in Summer
Over the Summer period moss growing is halted as moss goes dormant naturally and we allow for regeneration.
Moss + Australian Summers can be a little tricky so here’s my guide to keeping your moss alive and well during the hotter seasons below.
1. Keep it cool – Avoid direct sunlight. Keep in a room that has a cooler temperature (eg. Air conditioned office, South facing room)
2. Keep it moist – Closed terrariums are ideal, as they require less frequent watering. Condensation on the glass is a good sign there is enough moisture inside. If your moss is exposed in an open terrarium, it will need a good spray of water once (sometimes even twice a day) on particularly hot days.
3. Provide some airflow – Open your terrarium up once a week (particularly on hot days). Terrariums can overheat inside the glass so opening it up every so often will let the hot air escape. Do this for half an hour, spray it with cold water and then leave for half an hour before putting the lid back on.
4. Use the right water – Avoid tap water as over time a build up of added chemicals can harm the moss and leave marks on the glass. Moss loves rainwater, spring water or distilled.
5. Provide some light – Avoid direct sun as this can cook the moss and turn it brown or yellow. The ideal position is somewhere with soft filtered light or soft morning sun.
Try to mimic moss’ natural habitat to keep it happy, and even though this may sound like a lot, moss is very resilient! Summer can be brutal on all plants (moss included)
If you notice your moss starts to change colour and look less than ideal, do not fret, this does not necessarily mean it’s dead. It’s important to note that most moss species go dormant over summer and need cool, moist conditions in order for it to return back to its usual lush state.
It is possible to keep moss alive and looking well over Summer, but in order to do so, you must keep an eye on it and ensure conditions are ideal in order for it to thrive.