Moss ID & All Dried Up - Any Suggestions?

uncharted(6)March 3, 2014

Received this little guy on V-day. Had no clue what kind of plant it was, so I watered it as I would all my other plants - only after soil dried up. Based on online pics, it may be a club moss (?).

At the moment, this plant's leaves are no longer moist and soft and is completely dried-up to the stem.

Any suggestions how I can salvage this plant, if at all possible, or perhaps gather some spores from the remnants to make new plants?

Thanks! : )

This post was edited by uncharted on Mon, Mar 3, 14 at 15:12

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lycopus(z5 NY)

It is a variegated form of Selaginella kraussiana. It is often sold under the name 'Frosty fern', though it isn't really a fern. Selaginellas are often called spike-mosses but they aren't really mosses either. Club mosses are probably their closest relatives.

If you can salvage some healthy branches they will usually root easily in a terrarium or some other container where high humidity can be maintained. Moderate light is best. I would recommend pouring boiling water over the soil you use prior to planting to prevent mold (let it cool first of course).

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 12:13PM
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uncharted(6)

"If you can salvage some healthy branches they will usually root easily in a terrarium or some other container where high humidity can be maintained."

Great! Thanks for the info. My frosty fern leaves are pretty much dead. Did you mean live branches?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 4:58PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

By live branches I mean ones that appear to have reasonably healthy leaves on them. Depends on how far gone it is.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 12:16PM
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