Bonsai gone awry...(pics)

greenman28 NorCal 7b/8aNovember 30, 2010

Howdy!

I've been looking over Terrestrial Man's moss-growing journals and I'm quite impressed!

The following container started out as a Blackberry bonsai, which survived for a couple years....

but died sometime this Spring. However, the moss has never looked better, and so I've kept the

container watered all this time in order to cultivate the specimen. Full sun exposure most of the year.

Although the Blackberry was a failure, I consider the moss a great success.

These pics cover two year's worth of growth:

Josh

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Josh, Thanks for sharing. The moss looks great. It is an epiphytic species and the nature of your substrate is really what has helped it grow so well.
How many hours of direct sunlight is it getting, on the average?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 12:01AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, T-man!
My pleasure! Your journals inspired me and reminded me of this container....which isn't such a loss after all.

As for sun...I keep this on an East-South-East deck, with oaks overhead. During the Winter, when the oaks are
bare, there's quite a bit of sun....but the solar values are lower, of course. I'd guess at least 4 hours of direct sun,
with mosaic sun throughout the rest of the day.

You're right...the substrate is key. In this container I used a mix of small river gravel,
bark, a sprinkling of sand on top, and a few stones, all situated around that decomposing bit of Alder wood.

I hope it spills over the edges of the container.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 1:42AM
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