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Slender Brake Fern in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Pteris ensiformis 'evergemiensis'

 

Slender Brake Fern

Slender Brake Fern is not frost hardy, excellent as a house, conservatory or terrarium fern. A beautiful fern with narrow fronds and distinct creamy-white variegation. Easy to grow in moist-dryish compost. Height and spread to 25cm.

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plant Features
  • Slender Brake Fern likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Slender Brake Fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Slender Brake Fern is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Slender Brake Fern likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
plant information

Common name

Slender Brake Fern

Latin name

Pteris ensiformis 'evergemiensis'

type

Fern

family

Pteridaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Slender Brake Fern likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Slender Brake Fern is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Slender Brake Fern likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Slender Brake Fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Slender Brake Fern is 0.25meters x 0.25meters 0.25 M 0.25 M

Pteris ensiformis 'evergemiensis'

Slender Brake Fern is not frost hardy, excellent as a house, conservatory or terrarium fern. A beautiful fern with narrow fronds and distinct creamy-white variegation. Easy to grow in moist-dryish compost. Height and spread to 25cm.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant ferns in spring and water them well in the first growing season, soaking the soil to a depth of 10cm. Dig plenty of leaf mould or wellrotted manure into the soil to add humus and apply a mulch of the same material round terrestrial ferns in spring.

 

Propagation from spores

From Late Autumn TO Early Winter

All ferns can be propagated by spores, but there are alternative methods that are simpler, produce more reliable, and quicker results, such as division. To propagate from spores, remove a portion of spore bearing frond when the capsules are brown and place it in a paper envelope to dry. The spores are ready for sowing when they start to be released as a yellow-brown dust. In spring, sterilise a container and an equal parts mix of coir and sand with boiling water. level the surface and cover until cool.. Collect a small amount of spores using the point of a knife and sow them thinly on the mix. Recover the container with cling film and cover the lot with a newspaper until germination occurs. It can take several months. Keep moist by placing the container in water regularly. Once small plants have developed, carefully prick them out and move into pans with the same mixture. When large enough to handle, harden them off and pot on singly.

 

Propagating by division

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Using a fork dig up plant, trying to keep the root ball as complete as possible. Split the root ball at the centre with a sharp knife or a spade, or by placing two garden forks back-to-back into the middle of the root ball, and pushing the fork handles apart.to lever the root ball apart. Replant the new clumps to the same depth as the original, and water well. Keep well watered until established.

 
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