Silver Lace Fern-How to Grow care Guide
Hi Judy, I bought this plant at my grocery store. It has just a generic tag saying “tropical plant, low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron., moderate moisture, moderate temperature “. I have no idea what it is! Do you? The leaves almost feel like plastic. It’s a funky wee beast. Thank you for any help. Sincerely, Tracy
Your plant is called a Silver Lace Fern (Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ – Slender Brake Fern). Here are some care tips.
Light: A Silver Lace fern does well in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., but NO direct sun. It will survive in medium light, but doesn’t grow very quickly.
Water: Keep the soil of a Silver Lace fern barely moist, but never soggy. When you water, water well enough so the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the plant to sit in the excess water that drains out the drip holes. Do not use water that has passed through a water softener (too salty) or has a lot of chemicals in it. If your household water contains a great deal of fluorine and chlorine, allow it to sit out over night before using it.
Plant Food: Feed monthly in spring and summer. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength.
Temperature: These plants prefer warm temperatures 0f 55°-75°F (12.8°C-23.9°C). Keep the plant away from cold drafts, heaters, and air conditioners.