Phlebodium Blue Star Fern

When people mention ferns the majority of us reflect upon the hardship of owning a Maiden Hair Fern or possibly a Boston fern. Let the Blue Star Fern give you renewed hope for fern ownership. With its funky, yet sporadic leaves, the Blue Star Fern is loaded with character. Its foliage has a range of tones to entice you from soft greeny-blue, grey-green to bright green, you will love it all. This plant is sure to compliment a calm and relaxing space in your home and looks delightful in a pot or as a hanging plant.

When you are finding the perfect spot for your Blue Star Fern select a position of bright, indirect light. This will allow your fern to grow into an impressive plant with large fronds that attached to short thin stems. When kept in darker conditions you will see the thin stems of your plant become longer and less appealing as it stretches its leaves towards the light. Like most plants, watering is an important component to keeping your plant healthy and happy. Where you water your fern is of particular importance. You need to water to the outer edge of the pot away from the centre, known as the rhizome. An occasional misting above your plant is also recommended to help improve the humidity. When the Blue Star Fern is found in its natural environment it is generally growing upon other trees and get most of it’s nutrients from the air around it, as its roots aren’t always sitting soil.   

Phlebodium Blue Star Fern Plant Care

Temperature

The Blue Star Fern prefers a warm temperature (14˚C-27˚C) and a humid environment. Avoid draughts.

Light

The Blue Star Fern will thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. While it will tolerate a shadier position it will create a ‘leggier’ plant. Direct sun light will burn its leaves.

Watering

Water the outer soil of your ferns pot when the top 3cm of your soil has dried out, or if your pot feels light. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot has good drainage and you don’t pour too much water in each time.

Soil

A well-draining soil mix is recommended such as an orchid or bark mix.

Fertilizer

During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth.

Toxicity

Your Phlebodium Blue Star Fern is non-toxic to both children and pets, although it is still not recommended to let anything eat your favourite new plant.

Maintenance

The Phlebodium Blue Star does not lose its leaves. Remove any leaves that look like they are dying.

Re-potting

When the Ferns roots appear to have filled the bottom of the pot it is time to upgrade the pot size.

Potential Problems

Dried/loss of Leaves: This can be attributed to a lack of light. Shift your plant into a position of bright, indirect light and your plant should slowly recover. Or, it may be under-watering, water your plant and remove any effected leaves.

Brittle or dry leaves: May be the result of overwatering or poor draining soil which has created root rot in your plant. Check the weight of your pot and the drainage to find the source of the issues, then place your plant in a spot to dry out. If soil is the problem be sure to repot your plant into a more appropriate soil medium.