Phlebodium aureum <br> Blue Star Fern

Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern

Aquatopia Conservatory
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An elegant fern with a beautiful blue hue!


Phlebodium aureum                     

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Common Names: Blue Star Fern, Golden Polypody, Gold Foot Fern, Gold Scale Fern, Rabbits Foot Fern, Cabbage Palm Fern

Family: Polypodiaceae

Origin: Eastern Tropical Americas

Growth: Clumping

Light: Bright, indirect

Foot Candles: 100 - 175

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: 50% - 75%

Temperature: 18°C - 28°C

Soil: Peat-based potting soil 

Container: Self-watering, no drainage

Nutrients: Not required  

Propagation: Spore, tissue culture, or division of rhizome

Interiorscape Use: Living wall, desktop, scape with water feature

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Leaves brown when over-watered, leaves droop and drop if under-watered, leaves crisp with too much light. 

Comments: One of the few houseplants available with a blue colouration. If grown as a container houseplant: a drip line, ‘plant-nanny’ system, or self-watering planter with reservoir is recommended. Intermittent waterings can easily stress this fern. The underside of the fronds have golden scales that produce spores. Dies quickly with insufficient humidity.  

Toxicity: Safe.