Plant Care Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

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Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Peacock Moss, Peacock Fern, rainbow moss, Selaginella uncinta and peacoxk moss

Taxonomy

Selaginella uncinata
Selaginella
Selaginellaceae
Selaginellales

How to care for Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Water needs for Rainbow moss, Peacock fern
0.5 cups
every 12

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Rainbow moss, Peacock fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rainbow moss, Peacock fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rainbow moss, Peacock fern in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rainbow moss, Peacock fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rainbow moss, Peacock fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Rainbow moss, Peacock fern →

Common Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Water Frequency →

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Light Requirements →

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Rainbow moss, Peacock fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Rainbow moss, Peacock fern →


🌎 Native Region

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern is native to Worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Rainbow moss, Peacock fern →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Rainbow moss, Peacock fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Beaufort, SC
06/20/2021

LOVESSSS humidity. will look super sad without it. other than that, super easy and pretty plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 77 Plants
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05/26/2021

Such beautiful foliage. Fairly easy to care for

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily

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