Grow Your Own Moss

If you love gardens filled with mismatched pots, weathered sculptures and richly textured blankets of moss, then you will love growing your own moss.

3 March 2015

Did you know you can grow your own moss and it is really easy! Moss is great for giving things such as new statues or walls, an aged, shabby chic feel. Moss can make things feel as if they are part of the garden and have been there forever. I have included some great examples of where you could grow your own moss further down but the possibilities are endless.

What You Need:

A pile of Moss A blender to blitz it Two cups of water Butter milk A paint brush for application


A Blender Two cups of Water Two cups of Butter Milk A Paint Brush

You will need Approx. 5in x 5in sample of moss dead or alive from your garden or purchased from a nursery.


  1. Pour the water and buttermilk into the blender
  2. Add the moss
  3. Blend until you have a thick milkshake like consistency and the moss has separated.
  4. Paint or pour the mixture on where ever you want the moss to grow. You can even write things on walls, the possibilities are endless.
  5. Keep the moss moist for the first couple of weeks; using a mister is great for this.


  • Moss usually grows quicker in shady areas.
  • Within about 3 weeks you should start to see some growth.
  • If you are going to paint shapes or letters you might want to use a template.
Moss covered Buddah statue Moss growing in between brick in a path Moss covered garden pots Man painting moss onto a wall in the shape of a lizard
moss covered old bicycle moss growing on a wall in the shape of the word grow moss growing on roof tiles

It really is that easy to grow your own moss. Have you done anything like this? Please do share your pictures with us on our Facebook page.

Happy Growing!


N.B. This article has been written for Australian gardens. If you're reading this from around the world, we do hope you've found it a useful stepping stone for your own further research.

Comments (11)

So Inspiring!

Well! I NEVER! LOL Writing with Moss just never occurred to me before but what a cool idea! Thanks! Now I just need to find that perfect wall! :-D
, 13 July 2017

making moss

I have been making my own moss pots and containers for years using buttermilk. I just adore the look. I am very excited to try your recipe. I have a lovely brick patio surrounded by trees and plants. It's private, and cool, and inviting. I think I would love to try this and write things like"come and sit a spell" Thanks so much for sharing. I will be sure to send pics after I have tried this.
, 17 March 2017

Hoselink Response
Thanks for your comment! Glad to hear this blog was helpful and we look forward to receiving you picture! Cheers, Monique


Thanks for the tip. Love the idea. However can you tell me how to get rid of moss on walkways such as my bitumen pathway?
, 28 February 2017

My mystic garden

Thank you so much for sharing your recepie, I will try it and hope to share some pictures As soon my sculptures are covered with moss Will not be easy because I'm living in the south of France, so sometimes really sunny and warm but have enough spots with no sun in my garden en a little stream Thank you, Ingrid
, 1 January 2017

Hoselink Response
Hi Ingrid that sounds great be sure to share the pictures with us on our facebook page!

Thought I was nutty!

Yay!! I love moss!! Very picturesque inbetween my pavers in my south facing courtyard and it grows all by itself :D Thanks for the post.
, 20 August 2016