selaginella / selaginella
It belongs to the family of plaunovyh. Homeland - the tropical belt of America.
General description : Selaginella is quite a demanding plant.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Selaginella martensii (Selaginella Martens) - bush plant up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are like wai ferns. The paint of small leaves is pale green. Stems erect, with age. Formed on the stems aerial roots descend down and rooted in the ground.
Selaginella lepidophylla (Scalinella selaginella). This species is usually sold in the form of a dried ball. if it is placed in water, it will swell up and turn into a bush with small leaves.
Selaginella uncinata (Selaginella hooked) owns bluish-green leaves.
recommendations for the care of the plant selaginella:
Illuminance : Prefers diffused light, can grow in partial shade.
Irrigation mode : Abundant in the period of growth, moderate in winter, to the extent of drying out of the soil. Water with soft water.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
The humidity of the air seems to be maintained by placing the pots on a tray with pebbles or expanded clay, which is constantly wetted.
Selaginela feels perfect in the terrarium or in the bottle garden. Keep away from drafts.
Temperature condition : Moderate, optimally 18-19 ° С, minimum 12 ° С.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mix: 1 share of peat fiber land, 1 share leaf and 1 share sand.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time in 2 weeks with complex fertilizers for decorative leafy plants in half portions.
Breeding : Crushing during transplantation, stem cuttings.
Transplant : In the spring, once a couple of years.
The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep. When transplanting the soil does not ram, leave loose.
Pests : Another time may be affected by a spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stems are woven over with a spider web).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
selaginella martens - selaginella martensii
Scalepathy Selaginella - Selaginella lepidophylla