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Asplenium bulbiferum

Hen and chicken fern

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Features

  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Asplenium bulbiferum (Hen and chicken fern). This species has a fern-like appearance with deep-green finely divided fronds.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fern

Other common names

Mother spleenwort, Spleenwort

Origin

Australia, New Zealand

Interest and use

Can be used in a terraria.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender with a min of 5C. Most of the plants will prefer partial shade. You should grow them in any moist soil. You will need to remove fading fronds regularly.

Propagation

Propagation is by spores or bulbs, if produced late in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects, mealy bugs, vine weevil and red spider mites.

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