Pot size: 12cm x Plant height: 35cm approx
Fits a pot with a 16cm - 18cm diameter.
*Pot in image not included in price
The long silvery-blue leaves of the Phlebodium (or Blue Star) make this an easily recognisable fern. They're great for adding some colour to your plant collection, and are non toxic if you have curious pets.
Light: Indirect or light shade
These ferns do best in a spot with bright but indirect light, although can tolerate light shade too. A north-facing window sill is best, but they can be placed anywhere in a bright room as long as it isn't seeing direct sunlight.
Allow roughly the top inch of the soil to dry out before you water again. It can be difficult to reach the soil from the top of the pot because of the spores that emerge from the top of the soil, so we recommend using the weight of the plant to determine whether it needs to be watered. A plant with wet soil weighs more than a plant with dry soil. So as not to damage the furry spores, water from below by sitting the plant pot in a dish of water and removing when the top of the soil has become damp.
Phlebodiums come from tropical climates and therefore enjoy high levels of humidity - crisping on the leaf margins in a sure sign that humidity levels are too low. A bathroom or kitchen is the ideal home for these moisture lovers. No more space in your bathroom? Don't despair -there are many ways to raise humidity around a plant; Grouping with other tropical plants to create a microclimate, by using a humidity tray (a dish filled with stones and topped up with water), or misting the leaves. Increasing humidity is always recommended, especially during the cooler months when using known air dryers such as fan heaters and radiators.
When repotting, be sure to only increase the pot size very marginally as these plants have a shallow root base. Use a nutrient rich multipurpose compost and mix with horticultural grit to keep it free draining.