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  • Angie Manning

    How to antique and grow moss pots (Tutorial) Adding Moss Works Best On Terra Cotta Stone or Concrete Containers Stone or Concrete Sculptures There are 2 ways to go about doing this. Both ways work really well, so choose one that best suits your tastes. Moss requires an acidic environment to grow, which can be developed by painting a pot with buttermilk or yogurt, that's why both recipes below have one or the other. Recipe 1: Collect mosses either from around your yard or a friends or neighbors (you can also buy moss spores at a garden store) Finely chop the moss up (or sprinkle in the moss spores into the mix below if you purchased them) Allow the moss bits to dry up for a couple of days (if you collected them yourself) Then mix together in a large bucket or bowl: 1 cup flour 2 cups buttermilk 2 packages active dry yeast 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1-1 1/2 cups dried, crumbled moss Once the above is mixed together, put the bucket in full sun for three days. When the mixture is good and smelly, brush it generously with a paintbrush on the outsides of your clay pots. Then wrap the pots in plastic wrap and put them in partial sun. In two weeks the pots will start to grow mold, and by eight weeks the pots will be nice and furry with moss, and looking very antique and old. Recipe 2: Blend pieces of dried moss or purchased moss spores into 2 cups yogurt or buttermilk Paint onto your pot with a paintbrush Put your pot into a plastic bag to create a humid environment for the moss to develop Set the pot and bag in a cool, shady spot until the moss begins to form, which will be about 10 days Make sure to plant the container so you will be watering it regularly, which will keep the moss alive and growing

  • Becki Matthews

    Moss starter recipes and other techniques to antique terracotta flower pots

  • Chad Williams

    antique & grow moss on your garden pots

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