Tips On How To Grow Moss On The Rock – Create A Cute Moss Bonsai


When hiking in the wild, we can often see clusters of oily green moss, just like velvet, covering on the top of bare river stones.

The green-headed stones, dotting in the sparkling water, bring a touch of aesthetic tranquility.

Many people want to bring this attractive landscape back to home. We can select one suitable rock and grow moss on the rock, making one moss bonsai and setting it on the desktop.

Actually, the moss bonsai art originates from Japanese gardening and has favored by more and more people around the world. The moss and the rock match naturally.

The moss bonsai will add attractions of secluded and peaceful to our living environment.

Here we are going to share you some tips and processes on how to grow moss on the rock, hope will be helpful to you for creating a cute moss bonsai.

The Living Habits Of Moss

grow-moss-on-the-rockTo grow any plant, we have to get a good understanding of its living habits beforehand, to avoid any mistakes during the planting.

The moss, as a spores-reproduction plant, is very rich in variety (estimated 23,000 different types moss living in the natural world). But their living habits are quite the same.

The moss prefers humid growing environment, and is mostly seen in damp rock wall, forests or marshes.

There should be sufficient moisture in its growing environment and the soil should stay in humid condition.

While moss is intolerant to harsh direct sunlight, it need some scattered sunlight as well for better and healthy growing.

The optimum temperature for moss growing is about 25 Celsius Degree.

3 Methods To Grow Moss On The Rock

Method 1: Transplant The Moss Directly On The Rock

Find one suitable rock, we do not recommend granite stone or other hard rock with smooth surface.

As the moss needs high level of moisture in its cultivating environment, while the granite or other smooth hard rock cannot absorb and retain the moisture well.

The rock is ideally rugged sandy one, which can retain certain amount of water inside it and is breathable as well. In addition, the rugged rock itself gets some natural aesthetic feeling.

Put the sandy rock into the water for a couple of days to absorb enough moisture. Then put a thin layer of sandy loam soil on the rock where you are going to grow the moss.

Find and scrape off several pieces of moss in the wild. It is better that take the moss together with some soil on their roots. As it will make easier for the moss to survive and fully guarantee its vitality.


Put and press slightly the moss pieces on the rock to ensure the moss fit well on it.

Leave some gap between each piece of moss, so there will be enough room for the moss grow well.

Spray water on it every day for the first 2 -3 weeks after growing moss on the rock.

Make sure the rock and the moss are in humid condition, but do not accumulate water on the rock where the moss is growing. The water logging will cause significant damage to the moss.

After 2-3 weeks’ care, the moss will thrive and one cute moss bonsai is set to go!

Method 2: Smash The Moss And Lay It On Rock

Another method of growing moss on rock is: Collect the fresh or dried moss that you could find in the wild, smash it and mix it with some loam soil and water.grow-moss-on-the-rock

Soaked the sandy stone for a couple of days to make sure it gets enough moisture and retain certain amount of water.

Then lay the mixture on the sandy rock with one brush tool.

Spray water on the rock frequently, keep the moss mixture and the rock is in humid condition.

If the rock could be set at the moist place and bath some scattered sunlight in the early morning, that would be perfect and will greatly promote its healthily growth.

The moss reproduces by spores, smash it and make it into mixture won’t end its life. On the contrary, after about one month’s consistent careful taking care, it will germinate and come back to life again.

Method 3: Put The Rock In The Wild Directly

A more simple way to grow moss on the rock is: Find one sandy rock that you like and put this rock directly on the corner of your garden or in the wild place where there is moss growing.

It only takes a few weeks before your rock is covered with oily green moss.

If the rock is large and you would like to set it directly in the garden, ideally the rock should be set on the damp place of your garden.


Avoid direct daily sunlight, as the harsh sunlight, especially in the hot summer season, will quickly draw away the moisture that the moss need.

If the rock is small and would be set on the tabletop, put the rock in a tray and make sure that there is water containing in the tray.

The rock could draw moisture directly from the water, to stay in humid condition. Make sure that the water won’t submerge the moss.


Above are three simple ways to grow moss on the rock.moss-bonsai

Moss was once regarded as one of the plants that we mostly want to get rid of in our garden to maintain a decent garden.

While, it has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the tranquilizing and peaceful feeling it creates in our living environment.

Hope the methods mentioned above will be beneficial to you for growing moss on the rock and adding one secluded corner in your domain.

Important Notes For Growing Moss On The Rock:

Spray some soil on the rock before growing.

Before transplanting the moss on the rock, paving a thin layer of sandy loam soil on the rock where the moss will grow. This will make the moss adhere more well on the rock.

In addition, the soil should be acidic ones. As the moss prefers growing in acidic soil with pH value ranging from 5.0 ~ 5.5.

Keep the rock in humid condition but avoid water logging.

If you intend to put the rock, which the moss will grow on, on the desktop, prepare one bonsai tray to locate it.

And there should be some water containing in the tray, so the rock could absorb moisture directly and keep in humid condition.

Keep in mind that the water won’t submerge the moss. The excessive water or water logging will bring significant damage to the moss plant, causing diseased condition.

Avoid direct sunlight but welcome some scattered sunlight.

Direct sunlight will evaporate the moisture that the moss need for growing. But if it could bath some scattered sunlight during the day, that would be excellent for its healthy growing.

Avoid locating the rock in over-ventilated place.

In the over-ventilated places, the humidity that essential to the moss growing, will be difficult to maintain.

No fertilizer needed.

Moss absorbs nutrients from the air by leaves, the roots part only serve to fix the moss on the soil or rock. So no necessary to apply fertilizer on the planting soil. Contrarily, excessive fertilizer might be harmful to the growth of moss.


8 thoughts on “Tips On How To Grow Moss On The Rock – Create A Cute Moss Bonsai

  1. Really enjoyed your article on growing moss on your own rocks. I’m an avid gardener, and enjoy experimenting with plants….so, I’m going to try to transplant some moss to some of my border stones. Thanks for sharing this great information.

    1. Hi Terry, thank you for checking this post. Glad to know that you are going to try after reading this article. I do hope that the method and notes that i mentioned in the post will be helpful to you growing one cute moss landscape in your garden.

    1. Hi Roman, thanks for checking this post. I do hope this small article will be helpful to you when growing moss on the rock and create moss bonsai. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for checking this post! Hope this article will be a little helpful to you for creating cute moss bonsai. Have a nice day!

  2. I have never really thought about doing this, but my dad on the other hand would be all over this. This is so helpful. He is building a pond of sorts in the back yard and this will give it that nature look perfectly. Just sent him your article 😉

    1. Hi A.J, thanks for checking this post! I do hope your pond will be established soon and my post will add some new inspiration to your decoration. Have a nice day!

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