Silver Lace Fern
Plant Care,  Propagation

Silver Lace Fern

Welcome to our guide to the Silver Lace Fern, covering all you need to know about care and propagation…

Silver Lace Fern Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Keep moist, check them twice a week and water them when the top 25% is dry.
Fertilizer:Feed every 3 weeks in summer with a balanced feed.
Soil:A peat based (or similar) soil with some added perlite.
Humidity:50% or more.
Temperature:15-25°C (59-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Pteris ensiformis, sword brake fern.
Common issues:Over and underwatering.

Introduction

The Silver Lace Fern is a known for light green and dark green coloring and dainty leaves. They can grow outdoors, but also make a good indoor plant.

See also: Peacock Fern, Lemon Button Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Begonia Pavonina, Pink Syngonium, Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Rhaphidophora Hayi Care.

Light Needs

Give them medium to bright indirect sunlight. If outside make sure it has shade from midday sun.

How Often To Water Silver Lace Fern

Keep them moist but not soggy. They do not want to dry out, check them twice a week and water them when the top 25% is dry. They do not want to sit in soggy soil though.

Tip: Use filtered tap water as they can be sensitive to hard water.

Fertilizer

You can feed them every 3 weeks in the summer with a balanced feed.

Soil

They like a peat based (or similar) soil with some added perlite to make sure it is well draining.

When to Repot Silver Lace Fern

Repot them each year as they grow fast and they’ll appreciate the soil refresh.

Humidity

Give them 50% or more, they like to be humid. Ferns need decent humidity in general.

Temperature

Aim to keep them in the range 15-25°C (59-77°F) in the daytime and 0°C (32°F) as a minimum night time temperature. They can be ok in frosts too. so can grow outside, but bring in if temperatures drop below freezing a lot.

How to Propagate Silver Lace Fern

They can be divided at the base. You need to wait until the plant is a good size and can be divided into smaller plants. Then take the plant out of its pot and divide it up. They are rhizomatous plants, so you need make sure you take a part of the rhizome with some fronds, and split if off gently. Then you can pot the separate plants up in their own pots and the main plant back in its own pot.

Is Silver Lace Fern Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats and dogs if eaten and can cause irritation on touching too. See vets advice.

Other Names

Pteris Ensiformis, sword brake fern.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

They need to stay moist but don’t like soggy soil, so they can get issues from over or underwatering. Be careful when watering and check them twice a week.

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There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

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Silver Lace Fern
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