What Is Preserved Moss and How Long Does It Last?

What Is Preserved Moss and How Long Does It Last?

Preserved moss is moss that is no longer alive and has been chemically preserved and repurposed for decorative purposes and artistic medium. Preserved moss brings powerful, natural energy to any setting.

You may have seen a few displays in high-end hotels and restaurants, luxury spas, gyms, and pools, or even residential apartments. It is common to spell out simple messages, or even do entire murals using preserved or dry moss.

Moss brings the serene, healing energy of nature into any residential or commercial space. As botanical artists, this is our preferred medium for wall art, topiary sculptures, and other installations.

Process For Preserving Moss

Part of what makes this medium special is the fact that it is made out of natural moss. Do you know how to preserve moss? Our artisans do. The moss goes through  a process called glycerinization. It involves using an agent that preserves the moss and stops the growing process.   

The process begins with handpicking natural moss, drying it out, and preserving it. A special dye is also applied to maintain the natural color of the moss. After preservation, artists and installation experts apply the moss in custom designs including moss art, moss walls, and other installations.

Is Preserved Moss Living And Growing?

The answer is no. To preserve plants, sap is replaced by a chemical that maintains them in perfect condition for a really long time. When preparing it for such an installation, you cannot keep the moss alive. That’s why no preserved product is able to grow.

While living moss walls exist and will grow, they require constant maintenance. In these cases, the moss needs to be placed in an area with regular sunlight and water. 

How Long Does Preserved Moss Last?

The beauty of using preserved moss is that it requires no maintenance, but still adds a green touch and element of freshness to your space. This is an important feature for fast-paced restaurants, luxury hotels, and corporate offices as it brings the calming, refreshing effects of nature into any space. The preserved moss can maintain its texture and color for years when kept out of direct sunlight and AC vents.

Modernistic restaurants and bakeries are becoming more popular, and décor such as preserved moss can help demonstrate an allegiance to the natural world. They can do so without ever having to water the display or worry about making sure that it gets enough sunlight. Preserved moss should last indefinitely.

Are Moss Installations and Moss Displays Completely Maintenance-Free?

While moss walls don’t require ongoing care in terms of irrigation or trimming, they do require your attention, you should schedule annual check ups for your moss installation.

Those check ups usually consist of making sure individual moss pieces are all holding in place as curious people may touch it from time to time and damage it over time. Our team can handle particularly stubborn pieces when we conduct these inspections. 

Touch Up Dyed Moss

Over the years, preserved moss may begin to fade or change color in some areas.Refresh the moss with new preserved details and apply special moss dye in some areas as needed. Fabric dye is designed to work with this organic material.

Insects and other small feeders won’t be a problem as the plant contains no organic elements to feast on or use for building nests. However, it should be cleaned to remove dust or random spider webs.

What Is the Difference Between Preserved Moss and Dried Moss?

Dried moss is at the dormant state and will lose its green color over time. However, when rehydrated it will return to life and start growing again. Preserved moss is no longer alive and has been chemically treated to maintain its feel and allure.

How is Preserved Moss Used in Interior Décor?

Let’s explore how preserved or dry moss has been used to add unique accents in both simple pieces and more elaborate installations around the world. Let’s take a look at some popular design options that use this medium.

A Universal Message for Interior Spaces of All Kinds


These moss “LOVE” letter designs give you a chance to express positivity anywhere you would like to do so. This display looks great in dining rooms, waiting rooms, living rooms, hallways, or lobbies- Pick your space. 

What About Custom Options?

Do you have a specific vision in mind for your moss art or moss sign? We can go beyond the installations on our website to customize your creation.

You can create a custom moss sign with any message or logo you desire. We also create custom moss art pieces and murals. Contact our gallery at 305-222-7500 or hello@plantthefuture.com for more information.

A Simple Interior Design Piece that Works Anywhere


Why opt for simple shapes in wall art? They are suitable for any interior room design and style. This moss circle is a simple, natural shape that appears everywhere in the natural world from outer space to a drop of water on a table.

A beautiful addition to your home, office or business, hanging moss circles can be displayed alone or arranged in creative groups of different sizes. Regardless, the simplicity of this piece makes it sure to light up any space where it’s placed and is guaranteed to catch everyone’s attention.

Preserved Moss Heart


It doesn’t matter what language your guests or customers speak, what country they are from or what traditions they keep. They will instantly receive your message when you decorate your space with a preserved moss heart.

The heart is a timeless symbol of love and attachment. It serves as an important reminder to everyone who sees it to let your positivity blossom, learn from our mistakes, and continue to grow and love.

Learn More About Decorating with Preserved Moss

Preserved moss adds color, life, and texture to any message or image. A business or a home does not have to rely on specialty craft projects to bring nature indoors.

Why should you trust an artisan with such a piece rather than do it yourself at home? For one, our specialists can create larger and more elaborate designs as a team. We are pioneers in moss art, and have many years of experience creating high quality moss art and decor for clients across the world. Our online store offers a wide variety of handmade moss art pieces that are ready to buy.

Preserve Moss With Plant the Future Installations

Plant the Future is a South Florida-based company that encourages its guests to reconnect with nature through art pieces and plants. Claim your piece today, or let us turn your vision into a compelling moss mural.

Contact us online to explore the design options above and more with preserved or dried moss. As artists at the forefront of botanical design, Plant the Future has outfitted numerous homes, apartments, hotels, businesses, agencies, pools, gyms, and spas with custom moss installations that help them connect with guests or customers.

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