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Sheet Moss - (Hypnum) - Ideal Shade Plants

A versatile, low growing moss ⁄ shade plant with a high transplant success rate. Sheet Moss (Hypnum) thrives in shade, but will also tolerate partial sunlight but not direct afternoon sun (if you have a sunny area where you want moss to grow please check out our new "Sun Moss" products

Hypnum or "feather" mosses are vibrant green shade plants with a medium green color. These unique shade plants are ideal as a ground cover between stepping stones, patio stones, or for any light to medium foot traffic area. Because of it's low growth habit, Hypnum is the ideal companion plant for highlighting low rowing plants such as evergreen ground covers and delicate native wildflowers. It is also the moss of choice for "moss lawns" or moss paths.

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Fern Moss Shade Garden – Hypnum moss is "peeled"" back from rock and soil surfaces, available in somewhat irregularly shaped sections ranging
from 6" x 12" to as large as 18" x 24", and packaged in breathable boxes. Sheet Moss shade plants are available in two formats:


1) By the Square Foot - For an instant effect

25 sq. feet $119 ea. + shipping Add to cart
50 sq. feet $229 ea. + shipping Add to cart

For wetter areas, try our other variety of sheet moss, Fern moss.

Discounts: 5% for 500 sq.feet or more, 10% for 1000 sq.feet or more

Shipping via UPS Ground ($19 for 25 sq.ft., $29.95 for 50 sq.ft.) During warmer months, upgraded UPS 2nd day air shipments may be required for select customers based on location. Should upgraded shipping be required, you will be contacted by a Moss Acres representative.

Pre-ground Moss - Click to Enlarge2) Pre-ground

By grinding Hypnum and other shade loving mosses into ¼” - ½” fragments, two things happen:

1) The amount of coverage area is increased 3x – 4x
2) The mechanical breaking apart of dry moss signals each fragment of moss to prepare to enter a growth phase.

These fragments are ideal for large projects where an instant solid carpet of moss is not as important as cost-effectively covering a larger area. Green Roofs and expansive woodland moss “lawns” are two prime examples.

Ground Hypnum / Fern Moss
“inoculates” approx. 150 – 200 sq. feet*
$295 ea. + shipping Add to cart

* Coverage depends on broadcast rate – 25% to 33%

Note: It is very important that moss fragments receive regular watering (misting or fogging ideal) for the first three months following inoculation. Detailed directions are included with each shipment and/or inside each Moss Milkshake carton. This process can take up to 2-3 years to fill in completely, and is not always as reliable as transplanting hypnum / fern moss in larger sections – experimentation by doing small areas first for large projects is suggested.

Moss Milkshake - Click to EnlargeNew Formula! - Moss Milkshake™ Just mix with water – it will stick to most anything, including bare soil, stone, and weathered concrete. Our new formula can even be effective for adhering the mixture in a vertical position - but realize regular misting or fogging is essential for survival in most locations.

Note - A variety of shade-loving (we also now have a sun-loving formula) moss species are dried, shredded, and then blended with a highly specialized, plant based tackifier, making for a very "gooey" mixture that retains moisture and holds the moss fragments in place while they begin to grow. All ingredients are packaged dry in a "milk"-shaped carton. Coverage rate is typically 10 -15 square feet or more.


Makes a really unique gift!

Moss Milkshake™ $19.99 ea. + shipping Add to cart

IMPORTANT: Because the small moss fragments contained in the Moss Milkshake can dry out quickly, this technique requires more frequent misting/sprinkling than does transplanting complete sections of moss. If you are unable to commit to frequent watering, then you are much better off ordering a moss sampler or starter kit.

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Shade Plants

Shade Plants - Fern Moss from Moss AcresShade Plants – Fern Moss from Moss Acres. Finding good shade plants – plants that will thrive in partial or no sunlight – is one of the most common landscaping problems. In order to create a successful shade garden you will first need reliable and versatile shade plants – and Moss Acres can help. Our wide variety of mosses can provide you with the options you need to choose the perfect type of plant for your unique shade garden situation. Truthfully, it doesn't matter how nice plants look in pictures; if they aren’t real shade plants, they will be a disappointment in your shade garden, surviving either poorly or not at all. Don’t simply rely on pictures when it comes to choosing the right shade plants for your garden – view some of our customer testimonials for proof of the amazing abilities of our moss.

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When used in the gardening world, the term “shade” can actually have a variety of different connotations. Shade could mean an area completely sheltered from light at all times of the day, or it could simply refer to the area of a plant not facing direct sunlight. Also, as seasons change, it is likely that different places of your yard will constantly receive different amounts of light. For example, during the morning hours, parts of your garden might see direct sun, but for the rest of the day this area might be shaded. The terms light shade, partial shade, partial sun, and full sun are all used to differentiate the numerous possible scenarios. It is important to note the general amount of light and shade your garden area receives before proceeding with a shade garden. Each of our mosses are extremely versatile – capable of handling harsh conditions which other plants might reject – however, some of our mosses favor partial sunlight, others prefer shade, and still others (like hypnum / fern moss), can thrive in both. To learn more about our moss varieties, please click here.

Shade Plants - Fern Moss from Moss AcresShade Plants - Fern Moss from Moss Acres. The proper lighting is only one of several elements required to have a successful shade garden. The appropriate soil type, drainage, and amount of water are also extremely important for any shade plants to flourish. This is another reason why our mosses have a distinct advantage over more conventional shade plants. Moss is capable of surviving in the harshest conditions; and not only do they simply survive in places where other plants might have trouble – they actually thrive in them! Since mosses obtain all their nutrients from the air, these shade plants require almost nothing from the soil on which they rest &ndash nothing more than shade, acidic soil, and adequate amounts of moisture. Since it is so difficult for most plants to survive in acidic soil, in that type of environment, moss is the obvious solution. If you wish to learn more about each of our mosses and find the best type for your unique shade garden situation, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Please make sure to read more information about our shade plants.

Lean how Al Benner plants moss at Moss Acres http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VZOZeSlTRw

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