This plant is normalas a dry ball form state even without soil underneath it. Then place it in a bowl of water and within a few hours, you will have a blooming plant. The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up its fronds and appearing desiccated, gray-brown and dead. However, when just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to “”resurrect”” and restoring itself to a vivid green color within about 24 hours. It has been estimated that these plants could go 100 years without water and still revive after a single soaking.