Microsorum Punctatum "Fishtail Fern" on lava rock

Latin name

Microsorum punctatum (on Lava rock)

Pronounciation

(“my-cro-SOR-um punk-TA-tum”)

Common name

Microsorum punctatum

Origin

Tropical Africa, Asia and New Guinea

How easy is it care for?

Fishtail Fern is also known as Microsorum punctatum and is a beautiful houseplant that is grown on lava rock. A fern from the Old World tropics, and superficially resembling the Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus), this plant grows as an epiphyte (attached to trees), lithophyte (attached to rocks) and on the ground. Its long, strappy fronds are oblong to slightly elliptical, grow almost upright and are a bright green colour. The name Microsorum relates to the small spore cases (sori) that form on the undersides of the fronds, and punctatum refers to the dotty, or spotty, arrangement of the tiny spore cases. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Low to medium light.

Watering

The growing medium should be kept moist at all times. Mist the foliage with tepid water and keep the lava rock substrate damp

Pruning

Remove dead or dying foliage by cutting the affected fronds back to the base. Ferns cannot be pruned for shaping purposes

Feeding

A very weak solution of fertilizer can occasionally be added to the water when watering the plant

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free. Mealybugs might be a rare pest, and these can be removed by cleaning the foliage with a damp cloth or paper towel

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Henham,
CM22 6AA

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