Indigenous Blechnum spp. with their curling fronds (crosiers or fiddles), are found along streams in mountains and in forests. They produce bold arching fronds, which when they first emerge, are tender and beautifully coloured, then turn green, thick and leathery.
This plant grows best in moist, well-drained soil and will tolerate sandy soils or clay. Provide light to dappled shade and occasional watering during dry weather.
Ferns are relatively light feeders compared to many other foliage plants. They prefer a balanced fertilizer, such as 20-10-20 or 20-20-20, with micronutrients applied at approximately 200 ppm nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can cause tip burn on the roots and leaves if the plant becomes dry.
This fern is non-toxic to cats and dogs.
A single Blechnum Fern Pteris in a 17cm plastic nursery pot.