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Selaginella

Selaginella, commonly known as "spikemoss" or "resurrection plant," is a unique and fascinating plant that can be a great addition to your indoor or outdoor garden. Here are some care tips for Selaginella:

1. Light:
- Selaginella prefers bright, indirect light or dappled shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the delicate foliage.
- If you're growing Selaginella indoors, place it near a window with filtered sunlight or under fluorescent grow lights.

2. Temperature:
- Maintain a consistent temperature for your Selaginella. They typically thrive in temperatures between 15°C to 24°C.
- Protect them from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.

3. Humidity:
- Selaginellas are native to tropical and subtropical regions and require high humidity levels to thrive. Aim for humidity levels above 50%.

4. Watering:
- Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil feels slightly dry to the touch.
- Watering with distilled or rainwater is ideal because Selaginellas are sensitive to the chemicals in tap water.

5. Soil:
- Use a well-draining, slightly acidic potting mix. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and sphagnum moss can work well.
- Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.

6. Fertilisation:
- Feed your Selaginella with a balanced, liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer).
- Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.

7. Pruning and Maintenance:
- Trim and pinch back your Selaginella to encourage bushier growth and maintain its shape.
- Remove any dead or yellowing foliage to keep the plant looking healthy.

8. Pests and Diseases:
- Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and aphids, especially in indoor environments. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
- Good air circulation can help prevent fungal issues.


Selaginellas are unique and visually appealing plants, but they do require specific care conditions, especially regarding humidity and watering. By following these care tips, you can help your Selaginella thrive and maintain its vibrant green appearance.