First things first: Moss is not your regular plant. Moss is one of the simplest forms of plant life on Earth; It thrives in a surprisingly diverse range of settings. Since mosses typically reproduce by spores, shoots or fragmentation, transplantation can be accomplished in a couple of different ways if mosses are harvested carefully. The tranquillity that moss can evoke has led to many Americans to adopt the Japanese tradition of moss gardening. A few years ago, a trial was carried out putting Moss, which had been thoroughly dried into a tin and sealing it. After some years it was taken out, placed on a saucer and watered. It came back to green within a short time. Moss is harvested from various habitats around the world including Wales which is where our best selling Moss comes from. Our Moss is harvested from the forests of mid Wales and is mainly used by our customers for hanging baskets and wreath bases. Although we have tried Moss from other sources, our customers always ask for “the white bag with the dragon on it”. The Moss is harvested in pieces that makes it easy to use as a lining; it is a dark green colour and has all the moisture retaining properties needed for hanging baskets and wreath making. It’s these qualities that make Moss a great product. Moss is also grown in Scotland and the harvest and trade of Scottish Wild Moss is worth approximately £0.5 million a year. This alone supports over 125 jobs, split evenly between legal and illegal harvesters. Some people ask for Sphagnum moss which is specifically harvested more from bogs and has a stringier composition. In order to hold compost in wire baskets, more Sphagnum Moss is needed. It is yellower in colour and tends to have dangling bits that hang out of the basket between the wires. For some, this is a desired effect. Sphagnum Mosses are the amazingly multi-coloured living carpets of moss found in wet places like peat bogs, marshland, heath and moorland. If you see this type of Moss up close, you will see they are in fact very beautiful but they also play a huge role in the creation of peat bogs. Sphagnum Moss hold water in their spongy forms long after the soil has dried out. Not only do they prevent the decay of dead plant material that eventually forms peat, they provide essential nutrients to the soil. Sphagnum moss is the building block of blanket bog. When functioning properly, this globally rare peatland habitat provides great public benefits including storing harmful carbon, improving water quality and reducing flood risk. Moss is typically used commercially by florists and garden centres in the UK for wreaths, hanging baskets, arrangements and more. When purchased early it is usually free of weeds but later on, around April/May time, it is more difficult to purchase weed free moss. Weeds begin to grow through and sometimes it is unavoidable to harvest without grass entangled.