Indoor plants

Rose of Jericho

How much to water the rose of jericho

The rose of Jericho is a species of the Selaginellaceae family and is native to the Holy Land and was introduced in Europe by the Crusaders. The rose of the resurrection is a very particular plant, at first sight it has the appearance of a withered bulb, lifeless, but if you put it in a vase or in a dish with water it blooms becoming a beautiful bright green. The water temperature determines the shade of green, it must never be below 15 degrees, and the plant must not be kept in water for more than three days. Once it has hatched and the water has dried up, it closes by itself and you have to wait at least a couple of weeks to be able to water it again. It can resist in arid environments for years and this ability to be reborn is due to the need to adapt to hostile environments.


The rose of Jerichoit is used to desert climates, in fact we are used to seeing it rolling in the desert sand during storms. The bulb is made of many dry branches of brown color and rolls until it is able to attach itself with its roots to the very few pools of water that appear in the oases: the desert rose sucks up the water opening up into many green leaves. In its natural habitat, the life cycle of the jericho rose ends with the arrival of the dry season: during this period the plant dehydrates, folds the branches as if it were a hedgehog, but in doing so it manages to protect the seeds, which are kept, and they are not dispersed prematurely. The seeds, if well guarded, can stay alive for years until there is a new hatching.

How to care for the plant


The rose of Jericho does not need a soil or even particular substances to be able to develop. There is no humus, there is no drainage, it is simply a desert miracle that rolls until it finds some water to feed on. When leaving it in the sun it is important that there is no water in the saucer in which it is located because the twigs could become dark and black. When the desert rose is in the flowering period it is characterized by small leaves, covered with a thick cuticle and scaly with the lower part provided with a small appendix which is called a ligule and which has the task of absorbing the water that is deposited on the leaves. The rose of the resurrection is capable of surviving on its own for many years, if the

Rose of Jericho: Adversity and disease


The name of this plant, that is resurrection flower, already indicates that there are not many parasites, insects or fungi capable of damaging the development or growth of this type of flower. The only thing to watch out for if you have a jericho rose is the mold that settles inside the branches. If during the hatching phase it remains in vegetation for too long, i.e. for a period exceeding three days, it may happen that a layer of mold covers its roots. This type of problem can arise even if the water in which it is immersed exceeds three centimeters, it is important that only the roots are wet. The only way to hope that the mold will go away is to keep it warm for a fairly prolonged period but in any case, even the mold will not kill the rose of jericho.

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