Plant star moss – notes on soil and location


The star moss is a plant that can be planted both in the tub and in the garden. We show you what you need to consider.

Star moss – © fabianammer –

Sternmoos is a small, uncomplicated upholstery, which makes good in the rock garden, but can also be used for planting graves or as lawn replacement. The plants are easy to care for and hardy. Sternmoos is native to Central Europe and thus well adapted to our climate. Anyone who takes account of the plant conditions and soil requirements of the plant will be able to observe the growth and prosperity of the beautiful rock garden plant. What to look for when planting star moss, you can now read.

plant Description

Although the star moss forms a pretty moss lawn, botanically it is actually a carnation plant. The star-shaped small flowers and the moss-like appearance gave Sagina subulata its name. As a representative of the mast herbs the star moss characterizes a herbaceous growth. The leaves are only slightly upright. The plant height barely exceeds four centimeters, but dense grass carpets are created and the plant grows quickly in width.


In the late spring, the small white flower heads appear. The bright peel blossoms are a nice contrast to the bright green foliage. The flowers sit on the short stems and appear extremely numerous in a shady location. The flowering period extends into the late summer.


The uncomplicated star moss can be used in the garden versatile. Smaller upholstery upgrade the rock garden . In the immediate vicinity of hornwort, low bluebells or chamomile creates a pretty and colorful image. Even dry stone walls can be planted with star moss. Likewise, the plant thrives between pavement slabs and can be used to green roofs .

»Tip: star moss is also suitable as lawn replacement.

It often happens that the lawn in shady places does not grow tight or even has visible gaps . Even on rough terrain, the sowing of turf is often difficult. Sternmoos offers a welcome replacement here. You can even save lawn mowing later . Star moss does not grow higher than a maximum of five inches.

»Tip: Even as a planting of flower boxes and planters, the star moss is decorative and easy to maintain.

Find suitable location

When choosing a location, the hobby gardener is flexible. The carnation plant also thrives in the shade as one of the fewest plants. In a sunny spot frequent irrigation is necessary. Especially in hot summers, there is a high risk that the upholstery will dry up. Two hours of sunshine daily are considered optimal for the heat-loving plant. A too dry or cold location does not get the star moss. Furthermore, the plant feels in competition with lush growing weeds such as white clover, cinquefoil or plantain not well and grows rather puny.

→ in a nutshell:

  • very adaptable to the different locations
  • two hours of sunshine a day are enough
  • in a full sun location high fluid requirement
  • reduced growth in too dry locations
  • existing weeds obstruct the plant in growth

Select the ideal substrate

The plants are somewhat more demanding in terms of location. The soil should be well drained to minimize the risk of waterlogging . Heavy clay soil should be enriched with sand . The roots begin to rot quickly if the substrate appears too dense. The soil should be moist but not too wet. The pH should be in the neutral to slightly acidic environment.

planting instructions

1. Select location
2. Prepare soil
3. Dig out planting hole
4. Follow planting distances
5. Use plant
6. Close planting hole
7. Press soil well
8. Water plant

After choosing the right location, prepare the soil for planting. The substrate should be loosened and free of roots, stones and weeds.

»Tip: The moss does not tolerate any weeds in the immediate vicinity.

Heavy soils are easy to loosen up and permeable to sand. If you want to create larger upholstery, pay attention to the appropriate planting distance. For a dense moss lawn to emerge in the foreseeable future, the planting distance should not exceed 15 centimeters. When planting in the rock garden is also pay attention to a unique position. A planting distance of 20 to 30 centimeters is indicated here. Because the upholstery grows quite fast in width. After planting the star moss is good to water.

Plant the star moss in the tub

For the design of planters or the planting of planted in planters Hochstämmchen the tub planting is quite appropriate. The maintenance effort increases due to the planting in the bucket. Often there is little substrate available to the plants there. Therefore, the moss can take on the roots only a minimum of water and nutrients. If the small cushions are to grow lushly and develop many flowers, water regularly and fertilize. If the planter is set up sunny, it may be necessary in the summer to water the moss in the morning and in the evening. Failure to do so may cause the plant to dry up almost overnight.

The peculiarities of container planting in key words:

  • low fluid and nutrient supply
  • frequent watering necessary
  • fertilize regularly during the growth phase
  • Protection during wintering necessary

Notes on the planting of star moss at a glance

Find a locationThe plant thrives in every location. Partial shade with a few hours of sunshine turns out to be ideal. The plant does not need more than two hours of sun a day. Too sunny a location will lead to dehydration of the plant if there is insufficient watering.
Prepare the substrateSince the star moss does not tolerate waterlogging, a permeable soil is particularly important. In heavy loamy soil the plant grows rather puny. The nutrient requirement
is rather moderate. Compost provides valuable natural fertilizer.
Plant starmossBefore planting weeds should be removed generously. About twelve young plants can be used per square meter. Between the individual plants at least ten centimeters
planting distance should remain.

Transplant star moss

If the moss is to be transplanted, spring and fall are the ideal times. The roots grow rather badly. This has a detrimental effect on transplanting in the heat or at risk of frost. If you transplant in the summer, there is a high risk that the tender roots will dry up. When transplanting in late autumn, it may happen that the plants no longer grow sufficiently and thus lose the ability to overwinter unscathed.

For transplanting a warm but cloudy day should be selected. The plants should be carefully lifted from the ground and cut off over a large area so that the roots are not injured. After planting, the star moss should be quickly planted in its new location in the ground.

»Tip: Transplanting provides a good opportunity to control the roots and share the plants when needed.

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