I love ferns! Sometimes they don’t love me, though. I’m not the most consistent person when applying water and that is a big no-no with ferns. But, I have found a fern that is a forgiving, easy fern for the typical homeowner. Meet the Austral Gem fern (Asplenium dimorphum x difforme).
Why it is an easy fern.
The question asked is why is it easier? This is an asplenium like the bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus). Though it does not resemble the bird’s nest in any way, it does have a leathery leaf like the bird’s nest. It looks like a fake plastic plant. Even though it does have the lacy look of normal ferns, it doesn’t have the paper-thin fronds that most ferns have. This is good news! The Austral gem fern has thick leaflets that are forgiving of a dry spell, whereas other ferns are not.
Keep it moist
Don’t get me wrong. This fern prefers to be moist like other ferns, yet it doesn’t die a quick death if left to dry out somewhat. I have done this. It has reacted by having some brown leaf tips, but as a rule, it perks back up with water. I’ve never had such an easy fern. Below is the plant tag that came with it.
Costa Farms variety
This plant is from Costa Farms who obtained the Exotic Angel plant company a few years ago. The tag actually has the right name and the right lighting recommendation. I love it! Often the tags are in the wrong plants or have no pertinent information.
I’ve placed this fern in my east window in a medium light and it is doing great. It has dried out more times than I like to admit and it still looks amazing. I don’t recommend letting it dry out, but if it happens, as long as it isn’t that way for long, this plant will bounce right back. Another great thing about this Australian fern is the fact that it is sterile. Why is that so great? There will be no spores and therefore no brown powdery substance falling on your table or floor.
One note of warning. This fern, like other ferns can attract scale. Don’t ask me why. They just do. Check your plant often for small brown bumps on the fronds. Here is a blog post about scale insects.
So the point of this post is: if you are fern challenged, this fern is for you.
Do you like ferns? Do you have problems with them? Tell me in the comments.
Have a great week, plant friends!