Caring For Silver Lace Ferns

Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis, commonly known as Silver Lace Fern or Sword Brake Fern, is a striking yet easy to grow fern.

I’ve definitely been on a fern kick as of lately. I’ve recently discovered this plant at one of my local plant shops. The leaves were just so striking and different, I just had to have it. It’s been a few weeks with it now and so far so good. It’s surprisingly easy to care for, so I figured I would share a little bit of what I’ve learned about this plant thus far.

About This Fern

This gorgeous and striking fern is definitely known for it’s foliage! The leaves look amazing! The structure is very beautiful as well. Mine seems to grow more vertically rather than horizontally.

The brake fern is an ornamental perennial fern that is found throughout China, Southeast Asia, and extending out to Polynesia. It’s more of a tropical plant and can’t tolerate cold temperatures very well.

Lighting and Temperatures

Since this is a tropical fern, ideal temperatures should be between 55 degrees F in the evening and about 75 degrees F in the day. If temperatures are higher than this, frequent watering and misting is a must.

Choose a location where the plant will get some partial sunlight and shade. I currently have mine in my bathroom where my window will give it plenty of bright indirect light. Like most plants, it thrives in bright diffused light. Direct morning sun is ok with this plant but definitely no direct afternoon sun, as this will scorch it.

Watering and Humidity

Like most plants, this plant doesn’t like soggy roots. I wouldn’t let the plant dry out too much but I would be careful not to overwater. When the soil is starting to feel a bit dry, I will water the plant just so the soil is dampened.

I like to water my plants using filtered water, or water that has sat out for at least 24 hours. This helps the plant immensely. I notice that the plants’ leaves don’t brown from tryin to filter excess salts and minerals from the water.

I tend to mist my fern periodically. Since it’s in my bathroom, I don’t worry about it too much. It gets plenty of humidity from the shower running. You can set the plant on a peddle tray with water if misting is too time consuming. This helps the plant get humidity from the evaporating water without worrying about root rot.

Soil and Fertilizer

I would plant this particular type of fern in well draining soil. You can use peat-moss soil with plenty of perlite or rock to help break it up and create more aeration. You want to plant to be able to dry out and not stay soggy between watering.

A great time to fertilize will be between late March to September. You can fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Be careful not to over fertilize as this will brown and burn the leaves. Like with most plants, end fertilizing between October to early March.

Hope this information helps some of you. If you have experience with this plant and would like to share, I would love to hear about it!



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