Houseplants forum: Resurrection Plant - Selaginella lepidophylla

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 5, 2014 1:38 PM CST
We were having fun exploring a new Hobby Lobby store in a nearby city yesterday, and my hubby got me this plant. I have read about it before and I said, sure let's see how it goes.

The box came with the plastic container and some lava rocks, plus the dessicated plant. So simple instructions enough, wash the container, rocks and plant and then soak the plant in water.
Took some photos as it goes:

Out of the box:
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Initial soaking in water:
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30 minutes after, the leaves slowly unfurling, center part turning green slowly and I also added some clay rocks below, since I have lots of those here:
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About an hour after initial soak:
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Just before I turned in to sleep..already late about 7 hours after initial soak:
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This morning after I woke up, around 8:40 am, plant wide open and green, however, it does smell damp, like damp clothes unable to dry..a little too much smell to take Rolling my eyes. Hilarious! but it is interesting to see that it does revive well. I rinsed the plant, replaced the water. Instruction in the box says to do that for a few days.
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I took it outdoors in a shady part of my garden..will leave it there..do not know if the smell will dissipate. I want to see how it reacts to our 90's temp. Will update again later.
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Plantomaniac08
Oct 5, 2014 1:51 PM CST
I thought that was super cool, but then when I typed it in (I've never heard of this plant), I found some disappointing news.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/crypto/msg0215283124...

I hope that you have positive experiences with it (I'm not trying to burst your bubble here).

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 5, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Oh that's fine Planto..I am just trying to learn as I go as well. If it goes dessicated again, I think it is okay..I am thinking it has to go that way come winter anyways. I do not intend to grow it indoors during winter, I did not like the musty smell. Rolling my eyes. So will probably let it sleep by that time and then wake it up again in Spring so I can leave it outdoors. It will be great company for my succulents.

Plantomaniac08
Oct 5, 2014 2:48 PM CST
I understand. It sure looks neat! Lol, hopefully the musty smell goes away. You should update us down the road, I saw a picture of one with flowers.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 5, 2014 2:55 PM CST
I think the one with flowers is another type of plant..I would like to get one of that too! I read it is called Anastatica hierochuntica aka Rose of Jericho.

Sure I will update how my resurrection plant goes...I guess it will be a magnet for snails for sure, when it is all green and in water outdoors. Hilarious!
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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2014 3:24 PM CST
tarev: The Selaginella's are neat plants; I hope you will upload some photo's to the database and keep us posted on how that one does for you tarev! Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) has a common name of Rose of Jericho too.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Oct 5, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Yes, they kind of call the Selaginella lepidophylla the false Rose of Jericho.

Plantomaniac08
Oct 5, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Oh, oops. Hilarious! Sounds like Hubby is an Enabler. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 17, 2014 11:04 AM CST
So I gave moisture to the plant the next few days when I placed it outdoors..it continues to stay alive looking:
Photo 07Oct2014
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Starting Oct 16, I deliberately did not add water, I want to allow the plant to naturally dry out.
Oct 16 at 8:55 am - outer leaves starts to go dry and curl in
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Oct 16 at 6:30 pm - more curling in, middle part a bit partly green, must be using up leftover water in the clay rocks
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Oct 17 at 9:15 am - tighter curl now
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Plantomaniac08
Oct 17, 2014 12:11 PM CST
Tarev,
What made you decide to let it dry out?

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 17, 2014 12:12 PM CST
I just want to see it..to complete my observation. Then I will hydrate it again Big Grin

Plantomaniac08
Oct 17, 2014 12:22 PM CST
Hilarious! Sounds like a plan. Green Grin!

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Christine
Oct 18, 2014 7:54 AM CST
Very interesting plant to say the least nodding
Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 2, 2014 6:37 PM CST
Resurrection plant is now soaking wet with our recent rains...it will be awhile before it goes to its sleep mode. Big Grin

Plantomaniac08
Jan 11, 2015 10:32 PM CST
Any updates on the plant, @tarev?

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Jan 12, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Oh still the same...opens up when wet...sleeps and closes tightly when dried out. Does not get bothered by the cold temps that's for sure.

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