Pot size: 12cm x Plant height: 40cm approx
Fits a pot with a 14cm - 16cm diameter.
*Pot in image not included in price
This wonderous fern owes its common name, the Crocodile Fern, to it's beautifully textured foliage which -you've guessed it- bears a strong resemblance to that of a reptile. Dark green veins run across the lime green foliage to create the striking texture on their elegant and graceful fronds, adding plenty of intrigue to your plant collection.
Light: Bright but indirect
Although it will tolerate a lightly shaded spot, this tropical fern will really thrive in a place that sees plenty of bright light. Whilst it won't enjoy the harsh midday sun, a little direct light in the morning or late afternoon shouldn't be a problem.
Ferns should never be allowed to fully dry out between waterings, although as an epiphytic tropical fern the Crocodyllus can tolerate slightly longer periods of drought. In spring and summer you can wait for the top couple of inches of soil to dry, and over winter you can leave it until at least two thirds of the pot has dried. The easiest way to check moisture levels is by sticking your finger into the soil to the required depth. Make sure to water onto the soil around the fern rather than into its nest, as doing so can cause new fronds to rot.
Humidity: Moderate to high
Ferns typically enjoy high levels of humidity, particularly the tropical ones! A bathroom or humid kitchen is ideal, but don’t despair if you've run out of room as Microsorum can generally manage in average household humidity levels. We recommend misting the leaves over winter if using known air dryers such as fan heaters and radiators.
Browning on the tips of the leaves is usually an indication that there isn't enough moisture in the air. This can be combatted in many ways, so fear not! Place a tray filled with stones and topped up with water beside the plant as this will slowly release moisture into the air throughout the day. You can mist the leaves daily, and grouping your plant with other tropical plants will help too as they will create a tropical microclimate.
The long leaves on a Microsorum tend to gather dust. Wipe them down regularly with a damp cloth or use a neem oil and water mix to stave off pests.