I have been for some time intrigued by lots of different kinds of lichens but my favorite are terrestrial ones so called "dog lichen". A few days ago I found a specimen of them about 1 foot in diameter growing on clay soil with a bit of moss on it. They were so beutiful I decided to take a small bit of it about 2 inches wide from the center of the patch, making sure to take some substrate with it. I have 2 questions. What is the best way to harvest them for both the environment and for keeping them alive? What is the best way to keep them alive and grow them? I planted mine in a shallow 6 inch clay pot on some dirt and compost. I hope they can continue to grow. I do not have a picture of them right now but this link is of almost exactly the same kind in a forest only a few miles away from where I collected these.
Also slightly unrelated, but can epiphytic lichens that were broken from their "anchor" continue to grow? I mean the kinds that are not adjoined to the bark but hang from it.