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Moss ID & All Dried Up - Any Suggestions?

Posted by uncharted 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 3, 14 at 15:04

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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RE: Moss ID & All Dried Up - Any Suggestions?

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).


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RE: Moss ID & All Dried Up - Any Suggestions?

"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?


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RE: Moss ID & All Dried Up - Any Suggestions?

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


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