Pteris cretica ‘Albolineata’

Variegated Table Fern was brought to Europe in 1860 from the botanical garden in Java. The genus Pteris includes about 280 species found in tropical and subtropical regions; the range of some extends even into the temperate zone. Many cul-tivars with differently coloured leaves and different growth habits are grown as house plants. The cultivar ‘Albolineata’ has broader leaflets striped with white. It grows to a height of 30-50 cm (12-20 in). The leaves are composed of several, linear-lanceolate leaflets, slightly wavy on the margins and recurved on the undersides.

It grows well in a mixture of peat, humus and sand. It is often grown with other plants in ceramic dishes, glass demijohns or fish-bowls. It has no special temperature or light requirements but does best in partial shade. In winter it tolerates temperatures as low as 10°-12°C (50°-54°F). Propagate by means of the spores; which germinate well on pure peat at a temperature of 22° C (72° F). Young plants require plenty of light and moisture.

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