We are devoted to growing and loving lichens, and have created this web site to share our growth formulas and methods.
Have you been told that "it is practically impossible to grow lichens", or that "lichens grow very, very slowly", or that "lichens only grow 0.5 to 500 mm per year". Here at lichen lovers we don't always believe everything that we read in popular culture. Our experience is that given the right conditions that a satisfying growth of lichens can be realized in months or years, and not in decades or centuries. 500 mm per year, that's almost 2 feet!!! Sheesh. Even simple things like misting a rock with distilled water once a week in the late evening or early morning can do wonders for the lichen community growing on a rock. Don't spray your lichens with municipal drinking water, the chlorine and florine in the water are poisonous to lichens, and the tiny amounts of copper that leach out of water pipes don't do them any favors.
Are you worried about acid-rain pollution harming your lichens? Plant them on limestone, dolomite, or travertine. The carbonates in the stone will neutralize much of the acid-rain.
We have uploaded some lichen photographs to our image gallery.Activities with lichens
If you love lichens, here are some activities for you: