Equisetum is the botanical name for the plant known commonly as rough horsetail or scouring rush. Its ancestors were gigantic plants in Paleozoic times. It is a perennial that is evergreen, but this ancient plant is more closely related to ferns than to the perennials we are most accustomed to growing in our gardens.
A non-flowering plant, it reproduces via spores and rhizomes. Tall and skinny, you may hear it called joint grass (because of the horizontal bands that run across its stems) or snake grass, but it is not a grass.
This plant will appreciate a position that gets lots of bright indirect light, and even a little dappled sun occasionally wouldn’t hurt. Avoid extended exposure to hot direct sun though or the leaves may burn.
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Overwatering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
This plant will appreciate a moderate level of humidity to prevent her leaves from browning at the edges. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, or if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
Feed with liquid or solid fertilizer fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
** Plants photos are for representation purpose only. We will make best efforts to send the plants as in photos itself, however it is not always guaranteed as plants might overgrow or shrink depending on the season, care or age.