Phlebodium aureum

Phlebodium aureum incorrectly known as Polypodium, is a fine strong house plant, this fern is less capricious than most. Long strap-like green leaves wave and curl attractively and are covered with a beautiful blue bloom.

Phlebodium aureum

Temperatures:

All year 10-21 °C (50-70 °CF)

Soil: A well-drained, moist soil-less compost.

Where to position: Will tolerate shade but grows better in good light. No direct sunlight.

Watering requirements: Water freely when in growth but ensure that drainage is good. Mist-spray weekly. It requires some humidity.

General care: As indicated, good light, good drainage and humidity will ensure a handsome plant.

Rest: It may cease to grow for a time; this is the time to rest the plant. Stop watering and recommence when plant puts out new shoots. As growth increases feed with well-diluted liquid fertilizer fortnightly.

When it looks sick:

  • The plant looks dry, brittle and tired : You must check all of the following. Drainage must be excellent and the soil moist but not waterlogged.
  • If the plant has dried out, water it and clip off unsightly, damaged leaves. Spray regularly; cater for a reasonable degree of humidity. Give it plenty of light but not direct sunlight. In these conditions, the plant will soon recover.

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