How to Keep Reindeer Moss Green


Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is a shade-loving lichen that thrives in sandy soil. Like all lichens, reindeer moss is a hardy species that will take care of itself for the most part. For those gardeners who wish to encourage their moss to remain green and fresh looking year-round, a few extra steps can be taken to help Mother Nature along.

Step 1

Fill the spray bottle with water.

Step 2

Put 1 tsp. of buttermilk powder for every liter of water in the spray bottle.

Step 3

Lightly mist the reindeer moss with the spray every morning.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Buttermilk powder


  • "Moss Gardening: Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures"; George Schenk; 1997.
Keywords: moss care, watering moss, reindeer moss

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