How to Make Moss Covered Garden Pots

Last year at our local flea market I came upon a vendor with gorgeous topiaries sprouting from moss covered garden pots. Her plants were a little pricey but I loved the pots and caved to temptation, taking two of them home with me. But a few months later their appeal lost its luster and I neglected the plants, almost killing them both. Thankfully, I was able to nurse them back to health, but the moss growing on the pots faded. Lucky for me, I remembered reading about a recipe to help spread moss in the garden. I figured, why not try and use this concoction to make moss covered garden pots of my own?

How to make moss covered potsThis is what the flaky moss covered garden pots looked like when I brought them home from the flea market.  I searched online for a moss propagating recipe and found several. I settled on the one with the least number of ingredients.


DIY Moss RecipeA trip to The Mossy Twig in Geneva resulted in a couple handfuls of live moss.


How to make moss covered potsI threw the moss in a blender with 1 cup buttermilk and 1 cup water.


Moss mixture for propagating mossThen blended on “milkshake mode” until I got this brownish, slightly smelly mixture.


How to grow moss on a clay potUsing an artist’s brush, simply paint the mixture onto your garden pot.


How to grow moss on garden potsThe mixture is slightly chunky, which is fine. Those chunks turned green in 24 hours.


How to make moss covered potsMist the outside of the garden pots at least once per day to keep the moss growing. If you water the plant once per day, it will help to keep the clay pot wet. Just be sure you plant something that can handle daily watering … just a little water each day. Don’t overdo!


Living room with mossy topiariesYou can see the moss covered garden pots on the far side of the room by the door.

They definitely look more interesting with their mossy green goodness!

I found another recipe that uses beer and sugar, but I thought the one I used is simpler.


Moss Recipe

1 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
2 small handfuls live moss
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


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  1. Love it! And you got results immediately. I had forgotten about this moss recipe – think I’ll make a batch for my Easter pots 🙂

  2. This is new to me. How pretty! We have moss in our yard, can I use that? So interesting! I love your living room. The moss pots look great in the background. Bringing the outdoors inside. Love!

  3. Love these! Going to share today! x

  4. Lucky you…I’ve never had success with this. I guess I must not have misted them on a daily basis! Maybe, I’ll try them once again!

  5. Gorgeous – and thanks for the simple steps! Can’t wait to try it.
    xo ~kim & chloe

  6. Thanks for sharing this. I have a pot I want to grow moss on because what had grown on it dried up. I have some out-dated yogurt and was thinking of using that. Do you think that would work?
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  7. Your moss pot is perfectly lovely!!! I would love to make one of these, so thank you for sharing your tutorial. It looks very easy – and beautiful. 🙂

  8. I love moss covered pots too. The y add such warmth and character to any garden!


  9. Gladys Almeida says:

    I’m trying to do the same thing with my garden pots and shave been reading everything I can find both on Pinterest and Google. The blender recipes is everywhere, but recently a moss expert said these recipe don’t work. So, did moss really grow on your pots? I haven’t seen the final picture that confirms it. I need to make sure moss will rally grow where I live. Can you help?

  10. If you have no moss like the one you show, were can I get some!!?

  11. will the moss live on my pots that are in full sun?

  12. Gorgeous xx


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