Growing Moss on a Gravel Area?

I have a small patch of gravel 300mm x 5m under a north facing wall. It doesn't get much rainfall so is there any way of getting moss to grow on this area?


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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

This is interesting! I have never met anyone who wants to grow moss...where I gets so swampy sometimes that moss grows everywhere and we all want to get rid of it!

There are a lot of videos on the topic (to be honest, I had to Google this to see if people actually liked moss growing--It is pretty, but where I am it is just so invasive as it loves water and we get lots of rain most of the time). is a sample video:

Post back if you are able to succeed!!! Best wishes!!

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

If you keep the gravel moist it should grow. However, moss will destroy the gravel over time, so I am not sure why you would want to do this.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful


In order to grow moss, you have to mix it with buttermilk. Mix 2 cups buttermilk and 1 1/2 cups moss. Mix until very creamy, and then paint on rocks. Only mist with water occasionally or the moss might be washed off before it sets on the rocks.


Here is a link to an article that tells more:

Have a great day!


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March 5, 20190 found this helpful

There are plenty of areas that are adaptable to growing moss.
Moss needs to be where it can be kept moist with good air circulation and no sun.

There are several good sites that explain how to propagate moss and steps to keep it living. It requires patience as it requires daily misting and it takes several weeks before you will see growth.

Here is a good site and has easy to follow instructions:

Caution: Use a blender or food processor to break up the moss into fine bits, but be careful not to liquefy it.


It should be "slush" but not liquid.

You can use buttermilk, yogurt, mayonnaise, skim milk with equal amounts of moss (dead or alive) but an old blender is about the only way to prepare this.
A paintbrush (Dollar Store) always worked best for me.

Be aware: This concoction will smell terrible so it is best if you can do it outdoors or in an open well ventilated area.

There are several kinds of moss but essentially are the same and can be mixed. If you do not have access to living moss it can be purchased at most garden centers or online. (Affiliate Link)

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