Blechnum Silver Lady is a dwarf tree type fern which can reach 1m in height and features symmetrical fronds rosette over a slender, black, scaly trunk. Some refer to them as dwarf tree ferns.
It grows comparatively faster than most other tree fern types known for their slow growth. It is seen growing as an understory plant in forested areas.
The fronds of the plants are comprised of bright green-coloured, and slightly drooping leaflets are of two types – spore-bearing and sterile.
Blechnum prefers bright light with partial shade and a slightly warmer temperature. However, it cannot survive in strong direct sun.
The plant requires high humidity during its growth period starting from mid-spring through late fall. To maintain the humidity level, place the pot over a tray filled with moist pebbles throughout the warm season.
While the plant may regrow even if it gets frozen due to exposure to frost, it is not considered a frost tolerant plant and should be protected from it.
Just like most other ferns, Silver Lady grows best in moist soils. Water it frequently during the warmer months to keep the potting mixture moist, which will ensure proper growth. Slightly reduce watering when the temperature falls and let the topmost layer of potting soil dry out between waterings.
Make sure not to overwater because it will cause root rot. Avoid watering from overhead as the foliage can get damaged if it stays wet for an extended time.
Water the plant once a week in winter. Water more frequently during summer.
Apply a half-strength liquid fertilizer once a month during the period of active growth.
When grown indoors, add a slow release fertiliser once in spring and summer.
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