Habitat is key to moss cultivation. “Where we are, if you stand still too long, moss will grow on you,” says Richie Steffen, curator for the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, where the climate’s high moisture content makes for an ideal environment. If you have such conditions—or are willing to simulate them with constant spraying or misting—here’s one way to propagate moss in the shady areas of your own garden.
1 Get a heaping handful of moss from a friend or garden center. Having more than one variety will increase your chances of success, in case one or more types don’t like the conditions.