Blue star fern

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Blue star fern (Ph­le­bod­ium) is an easy-grow­ing, epi­phytic fern with lobed, elon­gated fronds that are an un­usual blue-green colour. Be­cause it nat­u­rally grows in leaf-filled clefts of for­est trees, this fern tol­er­ates low light, likes plenty of mois­ture and rel­a­tively high hu­mid­ity, mak­ing it suit­able for hang­ing bas­kets, es­pe­cially in bath­rooms, bed­rooms and even kitchens. If you have not grown ferns be­fore, this is an easy first-time plant.

Care tip Wa­ter it once a week (less in win­ter), and mist reg­u­larly. Make sure it drains well, other­wise it will rot and take care to add the wa­ter around the plant and not into the cen­tre of the rhi­zome. Like the Pha­laenop­sis or­chid, it can stay in its pot for a long time, but if you do de­cide to re-pot it, do so in spring.

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