In recent years, posts online about cultivating moss have skyrocketed. Specifically, those wishing to grow their own “green graffiti” have scoured the internet for recipes for success in their endeavor. While several techniques for growing moss have been debunked as false, many still wish to try their hand at creating beautiful moss art and spreading vibrant, green mosses throughout their gardens.
One technique uses yogurt as a catalyst for encouraging the spread of moss. But does moss grow on yogurt and is this just another falsehood? Let’s learn more.
Does Moss Grow on Yogurt?
While many growers have tried to grow moss using yogurt, the results are often inconsistent. The question of ‘Is yogurt good for moss?’ is one with many answers. While most believe the yogurt helps establish the growth of moss, there has been no definitive evidence that growing moss with yogurt will achieve the desired results.
In most cases, the presence of yogurt in propagating moss serves as an ingredient in which to help adhere the moss to structures. Like many proposed formulas for growing moss on surfaces, the combination of yogurt and moss together has not proven to drastically increase the chances of establishing healthy moss on structures such as walls, bricks, or garden statues.
How to Grow Moss with Yogurt
Nevertheless, the process of attempting to grow moss using this technique is one that is quite simple. First, growers need an old blender to use specifically for this project. Into the blender, mix roughly one cup (240 mL.) of plain yogurt with two tablespoons (30 mL.) of moss. Preferably, it is best to use live moss. However, I have seen dried moss suggested online too.
Blend the mixture into a thick paint-like consistency and then spread it onto the desired outdoor surface. Mist the surface with water daily for several weeks to ensure that it maintains adequate moisture levels.
As with any planting made in the garden, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration. First and foremost, it is important to select moss that is suitable to the environment in which it will be grown. By accounting for factors such as the amount of sunlight and moisture levels, growers can hope for a better chance of success.