Cyrtomium falcatum

Fishtail Fern is an ideal plant for growing indoors. It is a common fern in the forests of Asia, Africa and Polynesia, but is almost the only one often terrestrial species of Cyrtomium to be grown as a house plant. Because it tolerates even very low temperatures it may be grown outdoors in winter – in a sheltered position and provided with a protective covering. The arching leaves, up to 50 cm (20 in) long, composed of leathery, pointed, glossy leaflets, are very attractive.

It does well in a mixture of peat, leaf mould, rotted turves and sand. Feed about once a month from spring until autumn. Propagate by dividing the rhizomes of mature plants or by sowing the spores on a peat compost.

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