How to resurrect a resurrection plant

Ross Koning koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Mon Oct 27 11:57:19 EST 1997

At 3:15 PM -0500 10/25/97, Kimberly Tennant wrote:
>I've just purchased 4 Resurrection Plants...
>They came in plastic bags, dry, as seems to be the norm for shipping, but I
>have no idea how to bring them to life, and there were no instructions with
>them.  I looked them up on the web, but all I could find was that with
>water, they come to life.  Does this mean I just put each of them in a bowl
>of water?  Or do I plant them in soil?

The rapid response you might seek is accomplished
in the bowl of water.  I did try planting some of
mine...but my conditions and soil mix were apparently
not too close to right.  Alternatively the plants
may have been dead.

The hydration and color change is mostly a physical
response, and is not necessarily indicative of a
living plant.  I got my Selaginella lepidophylla
from Carolina Biological and their instructions were
quite good and admitted that only a few of their
plants are actually "viable."


Ross Koning                 | koning at
Biology Department          |
Eastern CT State University | phone: 860-465-5327
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA   | fax: 860-465-4479

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