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Ribbon Fern

English Name

Pteris Cretica

Scientific Name

Description

Pteris is a large genus with several species that have become familiar house-plants.

Europe

Origin

Polypodiaceae

Family

50°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

9" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Fern

Type

None

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Pteris cannot tolerate dryness at the roots. Water plentifully at all times, giving enough to keep the compost thoroughly moist.

Feeding

Apply a half strength standard liquid fertilizer once every month in Summer or every 2 weeks depending upon the type of potting mixture. The more frequent feedings are required for plants in a peat-based mixture.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring only when the existing container has been filled with roots using soil or peat-based compost.

Propagation

Propagation by division of the clumps in Spring. Keep the young plants warm and in shaded after division until they are established.

Cultivation

Like all ferns Pteris enjoys reasonably good but indirect light and a compost which is kept constantly moist but not soggy.

Tips

Cut away the older outer fronds of Pterises if they become shabby-looking.

Humidity

Humidity can be provided by spraying their foliage daily with tepid water or by standing them on a tray of wet pebbles or put in outer container with damp peat between the two.

Soil

Peat or soil-based compost.



Did you know?

Most plant cells look like little boxes full of green disks. The disks are called chloroplasts. Other organelles inside a plant cell include a nucleus (where the DNA is kept), a large central vacuole (where water and other materials are stored) and a complex internal skeleton or cytoskeleton made of various proteins.