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 5 reviews
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

Terri A.
Great little moss jar!

I just love this little jar of water moss! It was fun to assemble, and while it is cold now, it reminds me of warm summer days, swimming in the lake. It sits among my plants and when I walk past it, I give it a little pat, I even find myself talking to it!

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Creel U.
Start your moss collection!

Java fresh water moss' delicate strands float gracefully in a little aquarium you decorate yourself. Easy and fun to put together with very little follow-up care required. I look forward to checking the growth on mine each day.

Enchanting & Magical

I absolutely loved my new kit Frozen Lake! I was so excited as I opened the box which revealed a sealed letter. The story of Frozen Lake was enchanting and I could imagine the people out on the ice peering down at the moss and fish. Every item included in the box was magical and I held my breath as I opened each one. I can't wait to write my own part of the story with my reed pen and blue ink♡