Has anyone ever tried to grow a Resurrection Plant?
Over the years I've seen many ads for "Resurrection Plants," and I've always thought the claims sounded too good to be true. Yesterday, my aunt gave me one that she'd had, dry, for "a few years." It was about the size and shape of a medium chicken egg, and was a moderately dark brown color. Since the ads I've recently seen claim the plant can be left dry for 50 years with no problem, I went ahead and placed it in a shallow bowl of water. Within minutes it started to absorb water and expand, and after two hours it was fully wet and laying mostly flat. When it stopped expanding, it was a little over 5 inches wide. However, it was also still brown. Now, the ads say that it can go "from a dry, lifeless ball to a lush green fern in 3 hours," but 22 hours later mine is still brown.
A quick search of GardenWeb lead to a post from 2004 which said that "the ones you find for sale are very likely to already be dead," and I think that mine's dead, too. Is there any chance that it will "green up" and come back to life, or should I just take it out of the water and let it dry back out, to keep as a "novelty"?
I found this picture through a Google search, and it looks a lot like mine did when dry, only larger...
Here is a link that might be useful: Interesting article on Resurrection Plant