planting irish moss lost cause?

stolivesApril 25, 2008

We recently put a stone walk from our driveway to backdoor. The base we put the stone on is crushed limestone. I am now wanting to plant irish moss between the stones and don't know how big of a problem the crushed limestone is going to present. Can I dig the limestone out an inch or two deep between the stones, refill with soil and then plant the moss or is this just a lost cause?

Also, does anyone know how I could have avoided this dilemma with some other base material? thanks in advance.

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Irish moss is not a moss. It is a vascular plant. Scotch moss is also a vascular plant. If you read to the very fine print the plant tag probably acknowledges this detail.

However, there are certain types of bryophytes (mosses) that prefer a limestone substrate that would work in the cracks between your stones... and Bryum argenteum is a great solution on gravel, asphalt or concrete surfaces... common name is even "sidewalk moss."

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 1:27PM
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Ok, so I have to admit I feel a little stupid. For years I have been intrigued and have admired the beauty of different mosses but obviously know nothing about them. It is now my mission to learn more about them, thank you for that inspiration. Thank you also for the recommendation.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 9:23PM
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Irish and Scotch moss are among other tricksters like Spanish moss (pineapple family), club moss (lichopodium), reindeer moss (lichen). And, unfortunately, there is no true ID guide to bryophytes (mosses). In an effort to promote the awareness and appreciation of mosses, I have a web site you might wish to visit... I have lots of new photos to create a new section... planning an ID gallery to enhance the current info. Hope to upload them in a few days. I am not a botanist or bryologist, just a serious moss lover. I continue to research and network to learn more myself... happy to share!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 11:37PM
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Thanks so much. I will definitely check it out!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 11:43PM
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