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Bryeholliday
Apr 21, 2018 8:44 AM CST
Please help!!! I purchased this frosted fern 3 months ago. I keep it in a terrarium which I recently started opening by lifting the lid for a few hours a week to help with air circulation and to prevent possible rotting. I water it maybe once a week but only if it is starting to feel dry, the terrarium keeps it so moist. I keep it in a shelf that sits approximately 6 feet from a north facing window and 10 feet from a west facing window. It seems to be getting so leggy, the whole bottom half is brown but top half is green. I don't see any new growth. What do I do?! Is it too late to save this little beauty?!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 21, 2018 1:34 PM CST
I think your Selaginella would benefit from more light. A north facing window does not get any direct sunlight and by the time you move it 6 feet away, the light intensity is below what it requires. Move it close to or right on the north windowsill.

It does prefer high humidity, but it is not essential. Rather than keeping it inside the terrarium, you might consider just putting it on a pebble tray so it is easier to manage. Of course, you will have to make sure the soil stays moist.
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