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Resurrection Fern

Is it just me or are there two word prompts? Since I don’t know how to use paragon in a thoughtful, maybe funny post, I’m going to go with total.

WANT TO SEE SOMETHING THAT’S TOTAL SORCERY?!?!

Well I’m glad you follow this blog because I’m about to introduce you to one of the craziest, coolest things I’ve ever seen.

One day a friend of mine took me to this store in Akron called Land of Plenty. I don’t know why it has this name but it is definitely the land of random things. There are gemstones and coins and clothing and even furniture in this store. They also have a lot of plants.

So I know what succulents are but I had never heard of an air plant before. One of the workers there told me that air plants are literally what they sound like. They’re desert loving plants that survive on air though you do have to mist them every once in a while. There’s also another plant she explained to me about, and I ended up buying one, but I’ll go into that in another post.

I’m looking at all these air plant terrariums when I come across these tumbleweed looking things just sitting in a bowl. They were labelled as “resurrection ferns”. I’m sitting here like yeah.. it looks like it needs some kind of rejuvenation cause it’s looking pretty dead. The lady comes up to me, because she probably saw my look of confusion, and goes, “they’re alive”.

I’m scratching my head on this one people. I thought maybe she was a little bit high off all the incense that was burning in the place because I know what a dead plant looks like. She proceeds to tell me that it doesn’t come alive until you put it in water.

Excuse me, what?!? How is something that’s clearly dead, come back alive off water alone?! She assured me that if I bought this, put in in water, it would turn green.

For $4 dollars I had to see if she as telling the truth. So I bought one determined to prove that this can’t possibly be true. I don’t have a green thumb at all so I know what a dead plant looks like.

Man, I wasn’t ready!!!

The following are pictures of the different stages of a resurrection fern in about a 1-7 hour period:

She was telling the absolute truth!! MAGIC IS REAL!! This plant has no roots! It defies regular logic! At least my regular logic and YET! The proof is in the pudding and I don’t even like pudding that much.

Once the water evaporates, it curls back into itself and that’s it! Every time one of my best friends comes over, he puts it in water to see if it’ll open back up and so far it hasn’t failed.

Have any of you ever seen real life sorcery?? Let me know in the comments below!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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23 thoughts on “Resurrection Fern

  1. Silas

    Resurrecting ferns are actually epiphytic plants that dont have a structure of their own. Like parasites these attach on to bark of other trees and get nutirents from air.
    That plant might be in dormant condition and when put in water, its vascular tissues absorbed it and it became active.
    This is so cool!
    I studied this back in school days.
    Ahh now I miss those botany lessons. Haha.

    1. Nel Post author

      Aaaaah! Darn, not sorcery then. Or is it?! Thanks for the lesson! I did not know that and I took biology in college, go figure, haha.

    1. Nel Post author

      It’s pretty cool right?? I’m sure I’ll have more where that came from in true RT fashion, haha

  2. cwhiteweb

    This is so cool!! “I know what a dead plant looks like”, you kill me! And you spent $4 to prove her wrong, that it was dead. You though! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. mainepaperpusher

    I’ve never had the resurrection fern, but I’ve quite a few Tillandsias…those are the air plants of which you speak. I like to get a few and put them in a grapevine wreath. They look great for months till I realized I’ve forgotten to mist them! Anyhow, they are very cool.

    1. Nel Post author

      I’ll have to look Tillandsias up. That’s a good idea the grapevine wreath! Next time you make one please share pictures!

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