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TOPIC: Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai?

Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33621

Hello all;

I've got some moss I've been growing in trays to decorate some bonsai when needed.
Along with the collected moss, I've been noticing very small plants (they have roots) in pre-bonsai soil and in nature, so I've decided to keep some, as they don't seem to make any harm to the pre-bonsai plants. They are the ones on the left side of the attached picture.
Question is, do they "take energy from the bonsai" as the myth goes?

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Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33630

No, they do not take enrgy. They are not parasites. They do however use water & fertilizer, and give shelter to all sorts of insects..
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Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33635

I remove such plants, I only want moss in my pots (and trees :) )
There are small weeds in my pots - klaverzuring in dutch. They seedpods shoot the seeds in all directions and it spreads rapidly. It forms lots of roots. I am regularly checking my pots and pulling them out.

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Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33638

You could keep these sort of plants as accents tho couldn't you ?
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Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33639

Enaisio wrote: You could keep these sort of plants as accents tho couldn't you ?


They are small and look nice, so yeah, I guess I could. However, they would spread to other pots if I would let them grow. The seedpods sort off explode, shooting the seeds in all directions.



I guess I could remove the flowers before they make these pods...
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Is this "moss" harmful to bonsai? 8 months 2 weeks ago #33645

Enaisio wrote: You could keep these sort of plants as accents tho couldn't you ?


That's what I thought, but Auk is right, don't let them spread. If one keeps them in check, I guess they could be used.
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