UPDATE: Please see this post for more and more correct information regarding moss dishes!
For those of you curious about how the moss is doing – well, so far, it appears to be doing fine. In fact, it does not appear all that different from how it looked about 4 hours after watering – see for yourself!
The light is a bit different (today’s photos are taken a bit earlier in the afternoon but on a cloudy day), but the pot has not changed a whole lot. It is not at all surprising as mosses are incredibly slow growers and I don’t expect sprouting like you’d see on higher plants. I think I may keep taking a benchmark photo every few days – it would make seeing progress a lot easier.
Throughout yesterday and today, I have misted the containers a few times, and I have added water into the reservoirs as the moss was slurping it all up at a surprising rate – in the glass container, it nearly emptied the reservoir! I heard that some mosses can hold up to 4x their weight in water but I did not actually see it before! From what I can tell, it is happy. It’s still too early to tell whether it’s going to survive, so I am serious about giving this a couple of weeks before pronouncing it any sort of success.
There is also something I’ve noticed about it after a closer observation, and perhaps a day or so indoors and moistened:
The moss is not just a single carpet of Hypnum. It appears to have in it a few leaves of a larger, curlier species which is a little lighter in color (not pictured in this clip as they did not come out in focus at high magnification), and also tiny star-shaped deep green growths with reddish stems. I had noticed the cup lichen (Cladonia) earlier, but it bears mention all the same for sheer cuteness – the largest cup is about 1.5mm across. I really hope it survives as well!
I have a very mild concern that the water we have here, however pure it is, may be a little too harsh for the moss that is a non-vascular plant, so I have put 2 small buckets to gather rain outside should it fall, and will also age some tap water and check supermarket bottled waters for pH and mineral content listing and maybe buy a bottle of that till the spring rains come.
Also, I am really getting rather attached to the cute tiny green things! T even teased me this morning about staring at the moss meditatively while we were having coffee, to which I replied that he should not disturb my “moss appreciation time”.
Whatever you say for it, it’s certainly incredibly relaxing, and soothing to look at – a tiny piece of forest of your own within arm’s reach.