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December 17, 2010

Frosty Fern is a good winter plant


My granddaughter and i found Frosty Ferns on sale at Whole Foods and on impluse bought them. Frosty Fern is a lovely plant, dark green with the tips light cream which is where the plant gets its name. Its Latin name is Selaginella krausianna variegatus, and it grows to 12". It is a fast-growing, creeping house plant. Its stems quickly reach a foot long or more and the stems root whereever they touch the soil, forming a dense mat. Although not a fern, it does produce spores instead of seeds, like a fern.

This plant likes moist soil and indirect light. The more light it gets, the faster it grows. It is only hardy to about 10 degrees so it can be succesfully grown indoors during the winter and moved to a shady location outdoors during the summer. If you want the plant to get bigger, fertilize regularly with a diluted, balanced fertilizer. The yellowing of the fronds is an indication of lack of nutrients or overwatering and underwatering. Selaginella kraussiana is a native of Africa, the Mediterranean Region and the Azores Islands

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 17, 2010 8:45 AM
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