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Somethings about Moss and Moss Miniature:
I spent long time to observe Moss growing indoor conditions, find there are 3 important elements to keep moss living and growing Healthy:
Moss leaves generally only have one cell thick, it makes them easy to absorb the water and nutrients form rain or moisture environment. that the reason you always see moss in forest or damp shady locations, the water absorbed by moss leaves will not disappear promptly. that is key factor to keep Moss alive. in some dry condition, you may need some cover to keep the moisture.
Better to use Rain, Pure or distilled water
As a plant, moss cannot survive without light, the proper illuminance for moss is around 1,000 LUX, this illuminance almost like the indoor close to windows, but no directly sunshine light. go to APP to download Light Meter application, will make your smart phone to illuminance meter. if you want to put into a inner room, and the light may not enough, about 3-5 W LED 6500K light also work properly.
To check the Light condition, you may download a Smart Phone APP: Light Meter, please go IOS or Google Play to download it.
here is the link also for you to download the APP. (andriod) http://trajkovski.net/lmeter/lightMeter.apk
Without Nutrients, Moss cannot grow very healthy, it will become tiny and slim, in nature environment, rain will bring the important Nutrient to Moss, absorbed by moss single layer sell. so the best nutrient is rain. although I have developed suitable nutritive liquid, but due to liquid international transportation restrictions, I cannot support it to you now. if you want your moss grow fast and healthy, please try to use as much rain as possible.
Due to international transportation restrictions, living plants are forbidden to be shipped freely, you may find the moss easily around your location, use a scissors cut some of the moss.
Moss, is a magic plant.
Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple leaves that are generally only one cell thick, attached to a stem that may be branched or unbranched and has only a limited role in conducting water and nutrients. Although some species have conducting tissues, these are generally poorly developed and structurally different from similar tissue found in vascular plants.
Mosses do not have seeds and after fertilization develop sporophytes with unbranched stalks topped with single capsules containing spores. They are typically 0.2–10 cm (0.1–3.9 in) tall, though some species are much larger. Dawsonia, the tallest moss in the world, can grow to 50 cm (20 in) in height.
Mosses are now classified on their own as the division Bryophyta. There are approximately 12,000 species.
Moss gametophytes have stems which may be simple or branched and upright or prostrate. Their leaves are simple, usually only a single layer of cells with no internal air spaces, often with thicker midribs. They do not have proper roots, but have threadlike rhizoids that anchor them to their substrate. Mosses do not absorb water or nutrients from their substrate through their rhizoids.
That is important, due to Moss do not have root and cannot absorb nutrients from substrate, and no vascular to transport water or nutrient. so if you put the moss to soil in home is always die in few weeks, going corrupt and turning to black. people always doubt, why the moss growing well outside, but when move them indoor, always die soon.