Freshwater Moss
Freshwater Moss
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Freshwater Moss

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In some spots, the Lake resembles a glass paperweight. Its underwater flora is temporarily still. The Elder Turtle gives you a small sample of the Lake's moss and supplies for its habitat so that you can examine it more closely. Rinse the stones before adding them to the vial and provide the moss with dechlorinated or spring water.

Your planted jar kit includes:  java moss; a jar to plant it in; pebbles, sea glass, and shells to decorate the jar; and a stick tool to help arrange it all.

Please note:  Unpack your moss as soon as it arrives.  Java moss is relatively resistant to both cold and heat, but it should be removed from the dark packaging and kept in a bowl of water until you are ready to assemble your kit.  Some brown segments on the moss are normal, especially after a cold, dark trip through the mail.  Any soft black bits should be trimmed away before assembling your jar.  If your moss has significant soft black spots, it may have spent too long in freezing temperatures; please reach out so we can send a replacement.  

Assembling Your Kit

Rinse pebbles, shells, and glass before adding them to the jar.  Add your chosen decorations to the jar and then fill with spring water or dechlorinated water.  Trim away any soft black bits from your java moss.  Use the included stick tool to arrange all components within your jar.

Caring for Your Planted Jar

Java moss is both beautiful and hardy.  Keep your planted jar in a spot where it can receive some dappled light, but not in direct sunlight.  Your moss will brighten and grow greener over time.  Change the water in the jar once every two months, or if it grows murky.

Mossy Planted Jar was featured in the Frozen Lake Box (February 2022).

Shipping:  Single items and non-box products ship for a flat rate of $7.00.  Non-subscription products usually ship within 3 business days of purchase.

"If you have any issues with your purchase, please reach out to me at, and I'll personally do everything I can to make it right."

- Shannon, Birdmoss Curator and Liaison

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Lynda K.
A tiny tide pool

The bottle sits on my desk and reminds me of the magic, mystery, and unlimited possibility that you can discover in tide pools. The little shells inside and the vibrant green moss are a time capsule of life and endless wonder sitting in front of me.

Denise H.
Enchanting aquatic dreamscape

I love my Freshwater Moss. I keep it, along with my other Birdmoss treasures on a shelf at my sink. Doing dishes is a time for me to visit this aquatic dreamscape and unwind after a busy day.

So fun and adorable 😍

Everything came packaged very secure, clean, and with all of the materials i needed (except water). You can just tell someone took the time to make this right for us. My freshwater moss is happy and thriving. A small little sweet reminder everytime i see it i love it truly. Im scared to kill it like all of my plants but i love it all the same haha! I chose from the baggy of small rocks, shells and seaglass the perfect shades to compliment my adorable little plant 💕 *do not wait to assemble this* your moss *must* be put in water asap. I also didnt need the entire baggy of add ins for the vial (less room to actually see the plant in my case) so do what works for you because they send enough that you can literally make it how you want with as little or as much as youd like! Very beautiful and charming

Patricia F.

Such a tiny piece of magic and tranquility!


This is easily my favorite thing I've received in any of the boxes, it's small and self-contained and very very beautiful.

I added a spear of smoky quartz that I'd found last year and it sits on my altar for water