- Carpet Moss Carpet Moss-Mnium hornum Hardy Planting Zones- N.America Sun or Shade – Full Shade Mature Height - 1"-2" Mature Width- groundcover Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
MNIUM HORNUM - CARPET MOSS
Carpet moss is named due to the fact the moss spreads like a blanket over several surfaces. When it begins to grow, it is a golden green. As it gets older, it will become a darker green. It is usually grown within Europe and the eastern part of North America. However, it can grow anywhere as long as there is an adequate climate and the moss is provided nutrients. Carpet moss will grow in most soil types, as it can survive in a large range of pH levels. The only important to check about the soil is to make sure it is stable and low in sand. It does prefer shady or low-light areas to remain moist. Any time during the year is adequate to plant carpet moss, however certain times change the care. If during the summer, more regular watering is required due to the increased sunlight and heat. At first, the transplanted moss will take a period to get adjusted to its new environment. After it has finished being adjusted, it will begin to grow. As long as the moss has room to grow and is watered regularly, it will spread quickly throughout the garden. As it begins to grow, it is important to water several times a day to promote the fastest growth. Around six months, when watered sufficiently, the moss will double in size. As it grows, it will reach a varied height of around an inch. It will quickly cover any surface it is allowed to spread out on, covering most surfaces: soil, wood, rock, and concrete. Due to the moss's ability to grow quickly, it is advised to spread the moss throughout the yard to grow. Each patch of moss can be separated and transplanted elsewhere with little to no damage towards the plant. It is important to avoid walking paths, as walking on the moss can damage it.