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muffin
Nov 10, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Thought I would try these interesting plants...so have one, it does dry just as they say, into a ball. It does NOT open wide like suggested, just opens a bit, maybe til it is almost 2 inches wide. It also grows white mold on it when it is open, which concerns me. How can I kill the mold on this, so that it hopefully will do better for me? It never gets green either, stays a brown color with a hint of green when open... :(
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 10, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Hello muffin! I have that plant, I just leave it alone outdoors in its little tub container. If I remember to water it then it gets to fully open. It did get some good cold rain two days ago and temps have been cool so it is holding itself open longer, water has not evaporated fast so it is able to remain moist longer. I cannot stand its musty smell when it is wet, so I decided to leave it outdoors.
I just keep this plant as an oddity of sorts in my garden, have not even tried to see if it will root. But it adds fun seeing it do its close-open cycle.

I do not know how to remove the mold though. But here is how my plant looks like:
In April 2015

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this November 10, 2015 after our two days of cold rain:

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muffin
Nov 10, 2015 4:10 PM CST
mine never opens that much Sad I cannot leave mine outside...I live on the prairies of Canada, and -40C+ would kill it I am sure! I would like to get rid of the white mold...then pot it in gravel and let it grow...unless it is a dud...
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 10, 2015 4:55 PM CST
I used to live in the prairies too, several years ago..and I know what you mean about our dead cold winters there.

I saw this article about white fuzzy mold see if the remedies they suggested will work on it. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/natural-remedies-white-fuzzy-mo...

Since your area is colder than mine, maybe you need to give it some extra lighting to increase ambient temps, that way it is not too wet. You may have to wait till late Spring or Summer to be able to bring that out for much needed fresh air, if it survives.

Good luck!

muffin
Nov 10, 2015 5:27 PM CST
it has been the same since mid summer...in the sun and heat, so I don't know....will deal with mold issue first and see I guess
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 12, 2015 11:30 AM CST
Maybe it is the humidity aspect. Maybe it is getting too dry indoors? My plant opens up outdoors when soaked, but as seen in my photos it takes awhile to open wide, our humidity during our dry season is so low sometimes 0% to 20% only. I just let it try to open regardless and then close later on, always fun to see.

During rainy time and cool conditions here during Fall to early Spring, it opens up faster and holds it longer since our humidity is at 60 to 80% or higher if it is actually raining.

But do try to treat the mold, it may be an issue with poor air circulation around it that makes it too damp and conducive for molds. Maybe you just have to wait for Spring and then bring it out and let the cool rain handle it.
Name: Sharon Texada
Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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SharonTexada
Nov 13, 2015 10:32 PM CST
Oh no !!! Before I found this site I had one and got so upset with it that I threw it away..
Sharon Texada
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 14, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Oh sorry to hear that Sharon..but you can always try again Smiling

muffin
Nov 14, 2015 1:44 PM CST
well, I tried something for the white mold...will see if it worked and let ya'll know either way
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 14, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Oh okay, keep us posted regardless. I removed the excess water from my plant, since we are going to have cold rain again by tomorrow. Though it is trying to close, I guess it is getting some moisture in the air at night, so it is like in suspended mode of closing up. Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 17, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Just putting here observation on my resurrection plant after our two days of cold winds coming from the north, quickly dried it out, now tightly closed. Our humidity went down to 25% too..so the aspect of humidity and winds affects the opening up of this plant, considering it got rained on two days before.
Name: Sharon Texada
Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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SharonTexada
Dec 4, 2015 7:51 PM CST
Muffin did you get rid of the mold
Sharon Texada

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