How to Style Your House Plants with Moss

How to Style Your House Plants with Moss

My faux fig tree has been sitting in an empty pot for about a year. I decided it was finally time to style it with some live moss. I purchased my box of moss for about $35 at my local wholesale flower market. If you don’t have access to a wholesale market, get your local florist to grab you a box. I’ve also been on hikes before where I’ve seen luscious patches of moss, so you can also gather it fresh if you see it! This could be an excellent treasure hunt activity during quarantine 😉 This can be done on any house plant, real or fake. This is especially pretty with a bedside fern or a potted hydrangea on your counter. Here are the steps on how to style your moss:

  • Elevate your tree in the pot – You can do this by setting it on a box/ small crate, etc.
  • Fill the gaping sides of the pot between the tree and the edge of the pot. I used wadded up tissue paper and then a plastic trash bag on top.
  • Take one piece of moss at a time and lay it on top. Slowly take one piece at a time and piece it altogether.
  • Mist the moss x2 a week with filtered water. Why filtered water?? Tap water can contain too much chlorine and turn your moss brown. For best results soak your moss in filtered water before hand to make it nice and moist.

I purchased my faux tree from Mrs. Howard’s in Atlanta, but this tree and this tree are the nicest I’ve seen online.

Jess Cathell

Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.

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  1. 4.16.20
    Jayne said:

    Your post brought back some happy memories. I styled some of our large potted plants/trees basically the same way. Unfortunately, our cat and dog loved to pull it out of the pots and you could see it all up and down the hallway and around the house. We laughed about it and eventually replaced the moss with smooth black rocks, which everyone left alone! Thanks for reminding me of that time.

    • 5.5.20

      Oh no!!! I can totally see that happening. Good call on the rocks, that’s a great back up plan!

  2. 4.24.20
    CYNTHIA said:

    I love it! Ive been looking gir the perfect pot for my fig tree & love Yours. Where is it from?

    • 5.5.20

      I actually bought this pair from the original home owners, so I have no idea!

    • 6.1.21
      Gloria said:

      Hi, that looks great. Do you know where the fig tree was purchased?

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