Red Brazilian Fern or Brazilian Dwarf Tree Fern
Smaller growing tree fern Blechnum brasiliense grows well in containers as an indoor plant and in many climates this is the best way to grow them.
It struggles in colder climates and equally it needs protection from extreme heat. It comes from the sub tropical rainforests of Brazil and other areas of South America. So warmth and humidity along with dappled shade are the keys to growing this very attractive fern.
Common names include Red Brazilian Fern and Brazilian Dwarf Tree Fern. The red name tag comes from the brilliant red new foliage, while the dwarf name tag comes from its size. Over time it will reach around 1.5 metres in height, depending on climate and soil.
How to Grow Blechnum brasiliense
Best grown in a container, or a warm position protected from frost and cold temperatures. It would grow well by a stream beneath larger trees and ferns in these conditions.
For container growing
A good moisture retentive soil that still drains is best. Lots of organic matter to help retain the moisture and some perlite to assist with drainage works.
Water deeply as the soil begins to dry a little. Never let the pot sit in saucers of water as this can cause root problems.
Good filtered light/dappled shade is required. Avoid direct sun as this will quickly cause leaf burn.
Generally fertiliser is not required. A little slow release fertiliser once a year should be sufficient. Apply at around 1/3 the recommended rate.
Blechnum brasiliense Propagation
This is a plant that sends out rhizomes and so will spread over time in good conditions. So it can be divided.
The other method of propagation is from spores.
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