Didymochlaena

 

Only one species is known of this fern which has shiny, dark green to bronze green fronds. This is Didymochlaena truncatula. The plant usually produces two-fold feathered fronds that are pink to reddish when they shoot and can attain a length of up to 70 cm (28 in) in cultivation. In its natural habitat the plant forms an approximately 40 cm (16 in) tall, thick stem when it is old.

Family: Aspidiaceae.

Origin: Grows terrestrially in tropical rainforests.

Position: Semi-shady to shady. During the summer about 20° C (68° F ), during the winter, 14-18° C (57-64° F) will be sufficient. High humidity is required.

DidymochlaenaCare: Keep evenly moist. In winter, when temperatures are lower, water less. Do not allow the compost to dry out as the fern will drop its fronds. Give weak doses of fertilizer fortnightly from early spring to early autumn. Mist frequently, particularly when the plant is forming shoots. Repot once a year in the spring.

Propagation: From spores or division.

Pests, diseases: None known.

My tip: Suitable for north-facing windows.

01. June 2011 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: House Plants, Indoor Ferns | Tags: | Comments Off on Didymochlaena

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