How to grow and care for Creeping Moss (Selaginella) Indoors

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Creeping Moss Care, Selaginella Care

Botanical name: Selaginella spp
Family: Selaginellaceae

Creeping Moss Description

Creeping Moss is a creeping plant with simple, scale-like leaves borne on branching stems from which the roots arise and is ideal for a terrarium as its tiny leaves will shrivel in ordinary room conditions.

To increase your chance of success in growing Creeping moss indoors, grow the plant in a shallow, well drained pot in a semi-shade away from the window and direct sunlight.

Then, surround the pot with damp moss or set it on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Use only soft water for watering and misting your Creeping Moss.

Creeping Moss Origin

The Selaginella plants occur mostly in the tropical regions of the world, with a handful of species to be found in the arctic-alpine zones of both hemispheres.

A few species of Salaginella are desert plants known as "resurrection plants" which curl up in a tight, brown or reddish ball during dry times and uncurl and turn green in the presence of moisture.

Selaginella Varieties

These tropical plants look like ferns. There are over 750 species of Selaginella. They have scale-leaves and spores of two types; a microspore male which is smaller and a megaspore female which is larger.

Some of the common species of Selaginella are the trailing types like Selaginella uncinata (Blue-green Peacock Fern). Selaginella apoda (pale green and moss-like). Selaginella kraussiana aurea (the yellow-green Spreading Clubmoss).

Some have upright stems like Selaginella martensii (Spike Moss) which has 1 ft upright stems and aerial roots which grow down from the stems into the soil.

Selaginella emmeliana has 6 in. erect stems and lacy leaves. Another common species is the resurrection-plant Selaginella lepidophylla which is bought as a dried-up ball and is restored to life by soaking in water.

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Creeping Moss Care, Selaginella Care

Creeping Moss (Selaginella) Care Indoors

Creeping Moss Light Requirements

Creeping Moss grows best in a partial shade away from direct sunlight.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure the plant receive light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Creeping Moss

Water Creeping Moss thoroughly and keep soil moist at all times during the growing season but reduce watering in the cold season.

Water your Creeping moss with tepid water to avoid shocking this tropical plant. Use only chlorine-free water as the plants are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for your Creeping Moss has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Creeping Moss

Average warmth with a minimum of 180C is ideal for your Creeping Moss. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for this plant.

Protect your Creeping Moss from draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Creeping Moss

Creeping Moss requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Creeping Moss, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Creeping Moss in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained inside a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Creeping Moss

Feed Creeping Moss monthly during the growing period with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.

Withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Creeping Moss

Repot your Creeping Moss at the beginning of the growing season only when growth has began to suffer as the plant prefers to be slightly root-bound.

Use a pot 1 size larger for your Creeping Moss and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

The best soil for your Creeping Moss should be free-draining and rich in organic matter.

How to Prune Creeping Moss

Pruning Creeping Moss involves removal of dead and yellow leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a compact and bushy growth pinch off the growing tips of your Creeping Moss regularly.

If your Creeping Moss becomes unruly, cut it back to rejuvenate growth. The foliage emanating from the pruning, can be used to propagate new plants. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to Propagate Creeping Moss (Selaginella)

Creeping Moss can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem-tip cuttings or by plant division.

How to propagate Creeping Moss from stem-tip cuttings

Take 4-5 in. long stem-tip cuttings from a healthy Creeping Moss and strip off most of the lower leaves.

Stick the lower cut end of the Creeping Moss cuttings in moist free-draining soil and place the set up in a warm shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist through out until new growth emerges on your Creeping Moss cuttings.

Allow the new Creeping Moss plants to be well established before transplanting.

How to propagate Creeping Moss by plant divison

Take out your Creeping Moss from its pot and carefully divide the plant into several sections.

Pot these Creeping Moss sections in moist free-draining soil in individual pots.

Ensure the pots for your Creeping Moss cuttings have a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place these pots in a warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist through out until new growth emerges on your Creeping Moss cuttings.

Allow the new Creeping Moss plants to be well established before transplanting.

Creeping Moss Care, Selaginella Care

Creeping Moss (Selaginella) Problems Indoors

Creeping Moss brown and shrivelled leaves

brown and shrivelled leaves in Creeping Moss is caused by low air humidity.

Creeping Moss requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Creeping Moss, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Creeping Moss in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained inside a terrarium. Read more on how to make a closed terrarium for houseplants.

Creeping Moss rotting and dying

Rotting and dying in Creeping Moss is due to root-rot disease which is promoted by soggy soil.

Ensure that the pot for your Creeping Moss has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Creeping Moss pests

The common pests in Creeping Moss are Mealy Bugs and Spider Mites.

Isolate the affected Creeping Moss to prevent spread to other plants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Also, keep your Creeping Moss properly pruned at all times to reduce the hiding places for these pests.

Is Creeping Moss (Selaginella) toxic?

Creeping Moss (Selaginella) are non-toxic to both humans and pets. They are safe to grow indoors.

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