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Rose of Jericho

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When and how much to water

Selaginella lepidophylla is known by the common name of Rose of Jericho or resurrection plant. The most interesting feature of this type of plant is that in dry periods they enclose themselves on themselves and dry out. When they return to contact with the water the branches return to relax and the foliage takes on color again. For this reason, irrigation is a very important aspect for the cultivation of these particular plants. The substrate must always be kept moist and not soaked, taking care not to let the soil dry out too much. In the summer, in the months of July and August it is advisable to carry out, at least once a day, spraying or spraying. In addition, they fear limescale and irrigation water must be boiled previously, with the addition of a teaspoon of vinegar per liter.


How to take care of it

The plants called Rosa di Jericho are native to the tropical forests of Central and South America. It is a species that does not require much attention, it is usually grown in pots and adapts to different environmental contexts. The ideal soil to guarantee constant growth is made up of a substrate of sphagnum, peat and moss. It is essential to provide the correct drainage of the irrigations, absolutely avoiding the water stagnations that lead to the onset of fungal diseases. The container compartment must be in terracotta, in this way the correct oxygenation of the roots is ensured. The ideal environmental temperature for the Rose of Jericho plants is never below 18 ° C, but they also fear the excessively hot and sultry climatic conditions.

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