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Resurection Plant

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Tue Jul 13 19:51:33 EST 1999

Chris F. wrote:

> Hi,
> I just bought a resurection plant from a local hardware store. The
> instructions are basically put it in water for up to 3 days, then let dry
> out again. I would like to know a bit more about this plant.
> 1- What is the latin name?    Selaginella lepidophylla  (one of the
> club-mosses)
> 2- Where does it originate from, and what kind of habitat?  From southern
> Texas south to El Salvador.
> 3- Are there other things to know about keeping this plant? Type of water,
> can it be potted, temperature, photoperiod, photo intensity, pests, etc.

Most of the club mosses are relatively pest resistant.  Plant grows in bright
filtered light, and sandy soils.  Unfortunately, the dried plants offered as
novelties are usually picked in the wild, often missing the entire root
system, and are not easy to re-root.

> 4- Can I get it to flower? Will I ever be able to separate it or otherwise
> reproduce it asexually? The rosette "pups" sorta' like an Agave, and
> devisions can be made.  Doesn't bloom, produces spores like a fern.
> 5- Any other info. I should know?  To re-root a dried top, water sparingly
> in a fast draining mix, and cover with glass to maintain humidity.  Make
> sure your covered plant receives NO direct sun, or the cover will cook it !
> Thanks.
> Chris F.

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