Friday, 1 September 2017

Pellaea rotundifolia Sinopteridaceae Button fern Benefits, Care & Propagation

A native of the temperate forests of New Zealand, the button fern produces a mass of thin dark stems that, close-up, are seen to be covered with brown scales and hairs. From these stalks arise small, arched fronds of leathery green leaflets, which trail over the edge of the pot, making it ideal for a hanging basket. Unlike most ferns, Pellaea tolerates relatively dry conditions.

FACT FILE Pellaea rotundifolia Sinopteridaceae Button fern

ORIGIN: New Zealand; Australia.

HEIGHT: Fronds to lft/30cm long.

POTTING MIX: Soil-based, with added peat moss and sand. 

REPOTTING: Use a shallow pot and repot only when roots fill the current container. 

PROPAGATION: In spring divides the plant into 2 or 3 sections with roots and top growth. 

KEEPING PLANTS: Mist when the temperature rises above 70°F/21°C; if the soil becomes waterlogged, the plant will die. If conditions are right, it will grow year-round, with no rest period.

PLANT CARE Pellaea rotundifolia Sinopteridaceae Button fern

  • Bright light but not direct sunlight. 
  • Normal room temperature, as constant as possible.

  • Water freely in summer but allow the surface of the soil to dry out before rewatering.
  • Feed once a week in summer with a weak solution of standard liquid fertilizer.