[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]
[Spike Moss]

ELLA [Spike Moss]

Selaginella kraussiana

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Regular price R 89.00 Save R -89.00
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Is it a moss? Is it a fern? No, it's a prehistoric fern relative that produces spores, called an Arborvitae Fern, or Selaginella. Selaginellas are found all over the world, but this particular one is indigenous. It's a wonderful groundcover plant for shady areas in the garden, but also makes an interesting & unusual indoor container plant. We love the golden green curly spirals that cascade outward!

Comes in a 14cm grow pot. Decorative pot sold separately. 

Flat shipping rates apply per order (add more plants & pay the same on shipping). Gauteng R79. Rest of South Africa R119 (Except Limpopo, Mpumalanga & Northern Cape R149).

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Caring for Ella

Light

Medium to bright, but do not expose to too much direct light or the fronds will crisp. A spot about 1-2 metres away from an east facing window is perfect. 

Water & humidity

Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Let the soil dry out 1cm down in winter. Mist regularly for best results as Selaginellas love humidity. Read our tips here

Feeding

Selaginellas don't need lots of fertiliser. Feed once during summer. 

Re-potting

Re-pot if necessary to refresh old soil that's drying out too quickly. You can split the plant when re-potting by genty pulling it apart, making sure each piece has enough roots attached, to make more plants! Use a regular potting mix with some added peat moss to help retain moisture, while keeping the soil light and aerated.

Atrium Top Tip

Brown edges and cripsy fronds mean lack of humidity or water. Keep this plant above 15 degrees Celsius. You can also prune it in Spring to keep it's compact bushy appearance.

Quirky plant fact

There are 6 - 8 identified Selaginella species in South Africa, with the kraussiana found in the Tsitsikamma forest. It was named after Christian Ferdinand von Krauss, a zoologist and botanist who collected plants in South Africa in the 1800s. 

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