Who knew that you could use yogurt to grow moss? While it may sound a bit odd, it’s actually a simple and effective way to get started growing moss.
Yogurt is great for moss because it contains two types of bacteria! Streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus bulgaricus. This bacteria basically converts sugars and carbohydrates into nutrients making it the perfect fertilizer!
This process can be done almost anywhere and only requires the use of water, and natural lighting so there’s no need for any gardening tools. All you need to do is to follow these steps and start growing your own healthy moss!
Things Your Need To Grow Moss With Yogurt
Moss is one of the simplest plants to grow, however, for it to be a success when using yogurt, you will need to gather some things first. To start with, you will need a storage pot to place the contents in once you’ve mixed it all together.
Next, your need yogurt! You can use any type of yogurt, but, we do recommend using (plain yogurt). Your need some moss spores, a blender to mix everything together, and a paintbrush but, only if you are growing it on a stone or a statue.
Once you have all these items you then move on to the steps laid out below!
Things You Need:
- Plain Yogurt
- Storage Potts
- A Type Of Moss
- Paintbrush (Optional)
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How to Grow Moss with Yogurt?
Now that you have all the items needed to start growing moss with yogurt, let’s take a look at how this is done. The steps are simple and straightforward, so it won’t be difficult for anyone to follow along.
- Step 1: Add A Cup Of Yogurt To The Blender: Start by adding a cup of yogurt to the blender. If you’re using a larger pot, you can add more just make sure you have enough to cover the moss you’re using.
- Step 2: Then Add Moss To The Blender: Next, add in your moss. If you have a lot of moss, you can break it up into smaller pieces before adding it to the blender. Just make sure that all of the moss is covered in yogurt.
- Step 3: Blend The Ingredients Together: Now it’s time to blend everything together! Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds or until they are fully mixed together. Be sure not to over-blend them, as this could damage the moss.
- Step 4: Pour The Mixture Into A Container: Once the ingredients are blended, and everything looks good pour the mixture into a storage container. At this point, you can use a paintbrush and brush the areas you want the moss to grow, or if not follow step 5.
- Step 5 Place The Container In A Shady Area: Now that your container is filled with yogurt and moss, cover and place it in a shady area. However, when you do try to use yogurt for moss growth it’s important to make sure that the container isn’t too wet, or else your results will be inconsistent.
- Step 6: Be Patient! All you need to do is wait for the moss to grow. This process can take a little while, so be patient! That’s all there is to it! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to grow your own moss it’s that easy!
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Another way is to simply take a yogurt container and cover the top with moss. For every cup of yogurt, add about a tablespoonful or so to the top and the great thing about this method is it’s easy and inexpensive.
The only time this method might not work would be during the winter when temperatures are below freezing. So if the conditions are like this outside then you should try growing your moss indoors.
Once the moss is large enough you can then transport it to where you want it to grow permanently.
If you’re painting it directly onto the surface make sure it’s shielded from the weather, for example, if it’s a large display stone from your garden you should do this in a dry area just until the moss starts to grow the yogurt will keep it moist.
How Long Does It Take To Grow Moss With Yogurt?
Some people will see results in as little as three days. However, it can take up to about a week before the moss starts growing if you are using yogurt for this process!
You will notice that over time, the moss will spread outwards from where it was originally sprayed with water. Once you have more than enough moss and there’s no more room in the pot this is where it’s time to remove it from the yogurt.
However, when removing it you need to be very careful not to break the Rhizoids as newly grown moss is very fragile to start with, which is why it’s important to be very careful when removing the moss.
When To Remove The Moss From The Yogurt?
It’s time to remove the moss when it has grown enough where there is no more room and is starting to grow over the top of the pot. This usually takes about three weeks at which point you can then move your moss elsewhere preferably in the garden.
The best way to grow your moss once you transport it to the garden is in a moist place that’s not too hot or dry. These places should be shady areas where there might be other plants like ferns.
If it’s humid outside then this would also work, however, as before, if it’s the winter season and the condition is freezing then this is not the best time to plant moss as it might die in this cold weather!
Moss can grow well from yogurt but only given that these conditions are met.
Does This Work With Sea Moss?
Can you grow sea moss in yogurt? Well, unfortunately, there are no reports of anyone trying to grow sea moss with yogurt but could it work? It could and would be very interesting to see the results.
However, sea moss is grown in the sea (saltwater) so it would be hard to replicate the conditions in your home.
You can try and see if yogurt will help you grow sea moss but it’s unlikely that this experiment is going to work for most people looking into growing seagrass in their homes or businesses.
This is because of how different sea moss is from other plants like land-based ones like rhododendrons, tulips, etc… With that said, there’s no harm in trying, and it’s not going to cost you in the process.
The next time you are eating yogurt, save a little bit. Add the leftover liquid to your moss and watch it grow! If this still doesn’t work for whatever reason (i..e., not enough lactic acid), try using buttermilk instead of plain milk or cream cheese.
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