By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Moss is a type of small flowerless plant that typically grow in damp or shady locations as dense green clumps or mats.
There are countries that cultivate moss for gardening reasons. This stemmed from the 19th century England’s obsession with terrariums and ferneries. Unfortunately, most temperate mosses can’t survive in the excessive warmth of most indoor environments, so fresh supplies were in constant demand, which then led to a decline in some natural populations.
One moss variety that’s popular among gardeners is Java moss, or Taxiphyllum barbieri. It has an intense bottle green color that creates a dense, velvety mat. This type of moss is easy to install, grow, and maintain, and is often used to establish landscaping features in terrariums.
Meanwhile, a common moss type known as the Flame moss, or Taxiphyllum flame, is known as a low maintenance aquarium moss. It grows in vertical clumps to create tiny apple-green spires.
Lastly, there is weeping moss, or Vesicularia ferrieri. It forms cascading curtains of emerald green colored plants over branches and other crevices. Although this moss type doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, it needs to be trimmed once in a while for it to keep an attractive shape because it grows in a creeping fashion.
The mentioned moss types are the mostly used ones for aquascaping or landscaping. With terrariums slowly gaining people’s interest, there are more moss species to try out for different effects.