Since my attempt at transplanting moss failed epically, I'm trying the 'moss paint' method. There are a couple different recipes I came across: moss and beer, moss and buttermilk, moss and plain yogurt. I chose yogurt as it was cheap, it came in a small format, and to me it would have a more paint-like consistency over the other two options.
I also read and interesting idea on caudata.org (a forum for caudata enthusiasts) that involves using fish emulsion fertilizer to jump-start the moss' growth. After doing a little searching, I found that one of the local types of fish emulsion is Muskie 5-1-1 fertilizer. I had a hard time pinning it down in stores, most likely because it's November. Finally found some at Marlin's Orchard; a very nice orchard and garden store just outside of town.
The recipe I used is as follows:
-1 cup of plain yogurt
-3/4 cup of moss clumps
-couple pea-sized globs of fish emulsion
Blend thoroughly and apply to surface. Mist daily and keep in a cool, shady spot.
See here is what the mixture looked like once blended. I think I may up the moss ration; the mixture was pretty thin.
|Not shown is the plastic cover experiment.|