Pellaea rotundifolia is the New Zealand Button Fern and is an excellent low growing ferns for a shaded position.
Used both in the garden as ground cover as well as being grown in pots or hanging baskets where it’s trailing nature is shown off the ‘button fern’ is easy to grow and requires little care.
Pellaea rotundifolia (pictured right) is a fern with small green rounded pinnae (leaflets), like little buttons along the stems.
Care and Growing Conditions
Best grown semi shade, a position where it gets some morning sun is ideal. Pellaea rotundifolia is a clumping fern and propagation can be by division of established clump, which can easily be divided in early spring as is required.
A humus rich moist but well drained soil is best. When planting dig in a little well rotted compost and water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser for great results. Little care is requires other than an annual ‘tidy up’ of any dead or damaged foliage. Plants can be pruned back to maintain shape as is requires. A little top dressing every year or two with aged cow manure seems to do wonders, and a little liquid seaweed fertilizers keeps Pellaea rotundifolia going nicely.
You can buy Pellaea rotundifolia or ‘New Zealand Button Fern’ from the following suppliers
PARADISE DISTRIBUTORS – 07 5441 5921