The optimal care for the star moss

The optimal care for the star moss

How often does the star moss have to be watered?

As the name star moss suggests, this low-growing plant usually tolerates shady and partially shaded locations very well. If you want to plant the star moss in full sun, you must (especially in midsummer) ensure that it is watered almost daily in the morning or evening. All the more so because the plants should be cultivated on a permeable soil that is ideally enriched with sand in order to prevent winter rot symptoms caused by waterlogging.

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When can the star moss be replanted?

Since transplanting in midsummer can lead to the plants, which are then not growing well, dry out, spring and autumn should be preferred for this. Do not wait too long before planting out in autumn, as this can lead to a loss in winter ability.

When and how is the star moss cut back?

Due to the compact growth, pruning of star moss is rarely necessary. If the star moss planted as a lawn substitute gets too high, it can be shortened well with planting scissors in spring or autumn. Lawn edging stones have proven themselves to automatically slow down the plant's urge to spread sideways.

Are there diseases or pests that can be dangerous to star moss?

As a rule, diseases do not occur with star moss, but deficiency symptoms due to moisture, dryness or winter rot are possible. Hungry snails can be fended off with slug pellets (€ 16.78 at Amazon *) or a snail fence.

Should the star moss be fertilized?

The star moss only needs additional nutrients on very poor soils, these can be administered every four weeks with a liquid fertilizer. At the end of July, every fertilization of star moss must be stopped so that the fresh shoots and offshoots of the plants can still “mature” sufficiently before winter.

What should you watch out for when overwintering?

The star moss is hardy up to around minus 15 degrees Celsius without special winter protection. To prevent mold from forming under the snow cover, any leaves should be removed from the star moss pads before the first snowfall.


If the star moss grows too overgrown in one location, parts of the cushions can easily be cut out with a sharp spade in spring and autumn and planted again directly in another location.