The Crocodile Fern Plant (Microsorum musifolium) is an epiphyte and part of the Polypodiaceae family, it is a cultivar derived from a naturally-occurring whole-plant mutation. The reptile skin-like fronds of the crocodile fern are light green, strap-shaped and are fairly waxy. It's the bulges in between primary and secondary veins that give this fern its 'crocodile' name.
Foliage: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Ceramic pot not included.
How do you take care of a Crocodile fern?
Take care of a Crocodile fern by keeping it in a room with a temperature of between 18-23°C. These plants grow best in bright indirect light with some shade. ‘Crocodyllus’ thrives in high humidity conditions; this can be achieved by misting, using a humidifier and grouping plants together.
Proper crocodile fern care requires moist but porous and well-drained substrates; suitable potting mixes include sphagnum moss, pine bark, coco coir compost and coarse sand. During spring and summer, water so the potting mix is moist and then reduce watering in winter. Feed Microsorum musifolium bi-weekly during the growing season with fertiliser.
How do you propagate a Crocodile fern?
Propagate a Crocodile fern by dividing the plant’s offsets and repotting them into an organically rich potting soil. It’s important to keep the cuttings humid for the first few weeks in order for the plants to properly root.
Is Crocodile fern toxic to cats?
Crocodile fern is not toxic to cats, nor is it toxic to other pets or humans. With this in mind, however, it’s still good practice to keep your crocodile fern away from your cat or anthing else that might decide to take a bite out of curiosity.