Asplenium scolopendrium is an epiphytic fern and part of the Aspleniaceae family, it’s native range is Macaronesia, Europe to Iran, NW. Africa. It is a rhizomatous fern that produces erect-arching strap shaped fronds which unfurl from the heart of the plant with a hirsute appearance.
The genus Asplenium is from the New Latin for ‘spleenworts’ and the specific epithet scolopendrium is derived from the Greek skolopendra meaning centipede; this is in reference to the sori that develop on the underside of mature fronds.
Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot.
Ceramic pots not included.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. In it’s native environment this plant would receive dappled light.
Water: Asplenium scolopendrium prefer their substrate to be consistently moist, allow the top inch of the mix to dry out. Pour water slowly over the top of the substrate and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes; avoid pouring water into the heart of the plant.
Potting mix: A rich well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, a little bit of orchid bark and worm castings. These plants only have shallow root systems so it is important to keep the rhizomes at the substrate surface.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Ideally 18-28°C, no cooler than 15°C.
Humidity: Asplenium would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Asplenium are non-toxic.