Pellaea rotundifolia (Button fern) – Fern plants

Pellaea rotundifolia (Button fern) - Fern plants

Pellaea rotundifolia (Button fern) is an evergreen fern. It has small, button-shaped and leathery leaflets densely cover arching fronds up to 18 inches tall. Leaf stalks turn a dark red with age. It is primarily grown as a houseplant in hanging baskets or in ornamental containers on tables.

Scientific Name: Pellaea rotundifolia
Common Name: Button fern

Pellaea rotundifolia (Button fern) - Fern plants

How to grow and maintain Pellaea rotundifolia (Button fern):

Light:
It thrives best in bright light but should be kept away from direct sunlight.

Soil:
It grows best in well-drained, peat moss based potting mix with added perlite or sand.

Water:
Water thoroughly, then allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Fronds that are yellow and wilted are an indication of overwatering.

Humidity:
Moderate to high humidity. Raise the humidity around your fern with a room humidifier or set the plant on a humidity tray.

Temperature:
It prefers a normal room temperatures 60-75°F / 16-24°C.

Fertilizer:
Fertilize monthly throughout the year, using a 20-20-10 liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation:
It can be easily propagated by division. In spring, divide the plant into 2 or 3 sections with a sharp knife and pot them up. Be sure to get roots with stems attached. Fern spores can be propagated, but germination takes a few months and is not always reliable.

Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems.

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