Lining a Planter with Moss
I live in the south, but also in the mountains. So, it’s still cold and sometimes snowy here until May. By mid-April, everyone is ready for a bit of spring and our thoughts turn to Easter and daffodils. I found a beautiful scroll-work iron planter at a local antique store and knew I wanted to plant some spring bulbs in it. Obviously, I had to have some type of liner to keep in the soil. I didn’t have any liners that would fit and the coconut liners just aren’t that pretty. I had seen moss lined planters and loved the woodsy look they had, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Luckily, I live in a place where moss is easy to find.
I gathered several large pieces and soaked them in water for a few seconds. I gently wrung it out but left it pretty moist. Then, I arranged the pieces around the edges of the planter with the moss facing outward. Overlap pieces to make sure your soil doesn’t fall out. Here is a good reference site to follow: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Moss-Hanging-Basket
If you can’t find moss where you live, you can buy sheets of florist’s moss or use other natural elements such as jute, burlap, hemp fiber and the ever popular coconut fiber liners. All of these have great textural appeal, and would look great paired with any container.
After the pot is lined, just fill with potting soil and plant your flowers. I chose some daffodils and tulips in the Spring and now it is filled with beautiful yellow petunias.
Be sure that when you water, you get it wet through to the moss outside. That will help it keep it’s beautiful green color a bit longer.
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