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Bring Home the Beauty of Nature with Common Silver Fern - Cheilanthus parinosa

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Rs. 99.00
Common name:
Common Silver Fern
Regional name:
Marathi - Chanderi Neche
Ferns, Indoor Plants, Groundcovers
Polypodiaceae or Fern family

Silver Fern Plant Information

  • Botanical name: Alsophila dealbata or Cyathea dealbata
  • Common name: Silver Fern, New Zealand Silver Fern
  • Family: Cyatheaceae
  • Origin: Native to New Zealand
  • Plant type: Evergreen tree fern
  • Hardiness: USDA zones 9-11

Plantation and Growing

1. Location

  • Choose a sheltered, semi-shaded location with well-draining soil, preferably acidic to neutral.
  • Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal for the silver fern.

2. Soil

  • Mix equal parts of compost, leaf mold, and well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility.
  • Provide good drainage by adding coarse sand or perlite to the soil.

3. Planting

  • Plant young ferns in spring or early summer.
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and place the plant in the hole, ensuring the crown is level with the soil surface.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

4. Watering

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  • Water more frequently during hot and dry periods.

5. Fertilization

  • Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in spring and summer.
  • Use a liquid seaweed solution every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.

Silver Fern Care

1. Pruning

  • Remove dead or damaged fronds as needed.
  • Prune older fronds to encourage new growth.

2. Pests and Diseases

  • Watch for scale insects, mealybugs, and aphids.
  • Treat pests with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Prevent fungal diseases by maintaining good air circulation and avoiding wet foliage.

3. Overwintering

  • In colder climates, move container-grown ferns indoors to a cool, bright spot.
  • Protect outdoor plants with a thick layer of mulch or frost cloth.

Benefits of Silver Fern

  1. Ornamental Value
  • The silver fern's striking appearance adds elegance and interest to any garden or landscape.
  1. Air Purification
  • As with other ferns, the silver fern helps to purify the air by removing pollutants.
  1. Erosion Control
  • The silver fern's root system can help prevent soil erosion in sloped areas.
  1. Habitat for Wildlife
  • The silver fern provides shelter and nesting sites for various bird species.
  1. Cultural Significance
  • The silver fern is a symbol of New Zealand and holds cultural importance to the indigenous Maori people.

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