Hylocomium splendens also known as Glittering Wood Moss is a member of the Hypnales family. This glossy moss has a suprisingly wide variety of colours. Ranging from bright green, green-yellow, orange, pinks and reds with a contrasting pinky-red stem. Shoots are several to 10 or even 20 cm long. Very common unlike its sporophytes which are uncommon
Rather similar to Tamarisks in care. Grows into big fluffy carpets. Does well under shady wet acidic ground around trees or shrubs. Likes humidity of 70%+ and bright partial shade. however it can handle periods of direct sunlight for a short period of time.
Please let us know the following to the best of your knowledge:
- Sunlight, and if any shade is cast and for how long.
- Amount of rain and how much drought you have, if any, in the summer months.
- Where you want it to go, lawn, under a tree, on concrete, stream, eco-roof, ect.
- How much rain, and does it get waterlogged during the wetter months?
- What's the ground like underfoot? Is it soft, hard, or boggy?
- Knowing your Ph would be helpful but not essential.
- Can you provide short bursts of supplemental watering on the hot summer evenings?
You don't need to know all these things but given a rough idea, so we can understand your mossy project better.
Direct sunlight and walking on it whilst being bone dry for days in a garden will damage it. We recommend stepping stones in high foot traffic areas. When you do walk on it, it's best to have low-track shoes. Carpet type Mosses can handle foot traffic well, especially when humidity levels are ideal. These carpet forming mosses grow in a way where they knit together, forming a carpet that will get thicker over time with sporophytes releasing their spores. These types of growers are called Pleurocarp mosses. These specifically grow "outwards" and are much quicker to establish and grow when compared to most Acrocarps( where they grow "upwards"). It holds well together and can be easily torn to the desired shape to fit around things to be more tailored in your garden. They have wide variable colours from deep emerald green and green to a yellow-green gold hue. Feel free to get in contact for more information.