Preserved Moss: What is it and what are its advantages?

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Preserved Moss is an interesting, modern option for a vertical garden, and architects and designers the world over are increasingly incorporating this unique natural product into their most innovative designs. Whether you want to break new ground or simply liven up a living room, a Preserved Moss Vertical Garden might be just the solution you've been looking for!


Elegant, Organic, Naturally Beautiful

Still wondering what exactly preserved moss is and what its advantages are? Allow us to explain:


Origin and Development of Preserved Moss


Moss v. Lichen


First off, let us be clear that while "preserved moss" is a convenient and understandable shorthand, the truth is that we use both moss and lichens in our Preserved Moss Vertical Gardens, which, while some species can be easily confused to the untrained eye, they are not technically related. For more information on the differences between moss and lichen check out this post: https://www.theparklands.org/Blog/174/Moss-or-Lichen.


Preserved Moss Production


The moss and lichens used in vertical gardens come primarily from countries in the cold northern latitudes. They can be found growing naturally in Scandinavia, Northern Asia, North America and Greenland, from the boreal forests to the Arctic regions, where the unforgiving climate plays an important role in their growth and development.


Depending on the species, the moss or lichens can grow directly on open soil or gravel in the tundra, or in the forest understory, and each species requires some special care in cultivation in order to ensure healthy growth. In order for reindeer moss to grow sufficiently large and take the right shape, the soil can only be used at intervals of 5 to 10 years, and the grower needs to understand the plant's rest time and the appropriate harvest time. This is artisanal, delicate and time-consuming work.





Once harvested, the mosses go through the preservation process, which maintains their unique organic characteristics, interesting shapes, and springy flexibility, while dramatically increasing longevity. Finally, they are dyed. Today, there are ten options of classic colors, plus other variations of shades, totaling 16 available colors, among them green, orange, brown, yellow and blue. Decorating with Preserved Moss infuses a space with life and the natural beauty of plants, with a more than a touch of sophisticated elegance and taste.


Advantages of and Suitable Spaces for Preserved Moss


One of the great advantages of preserved moss, and the reason it’s so highly recommended for indoor environments, is because there is no need for irrigation, it works perfectly using artificial lighting and ventilation, and the need for maintenance is incredibly minimal, limited to periodic dusting. In addition, it has a long life, is easy to install, highly resistant to climate variations, does not attract insects and provides natural soundproofing.


These are just a few of the reasons a Preserved Moss Vertical Garden might be the perfect solution for your office, residence, reception area, mall, hotel, gym, etc. Have any questions? Leave a comment and we'll get right back to you, or click the banner below and to get your free brochure today!




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