A low growing fern, Pellaea falcata nana is a great round cover plant for shaded areas of the garden. It is also suited for growing in hanging baskets as well as underplanting taller shrubs in containers.
From the Eastern Ranges of Australia it grows in a range of climates from Queensland through to Tasmania.
It is being to find a place in the garden where landscapers find its foliage adds texture and its easy care nature is also welcome.
Indoors use a potting mix that is rich with organic material. Try a saucer of water with pebbles in it to sit the pot on to increase humidity.
Fertilise from spring through summer with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
A position in good filtered light is best, and keep the plant away from heating and air-conditioning outlets.
Repot every 2- 3 years as the growing medium begins to break down. The best time to repot is in spring.
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- Botanical Name – Pellaea falcata nana
- Common Name – Dwarf Sickle Fern.
- Family – Pteridaceae
- Origins – Eastern Australia rainforest areas.
- Height – To around 20cms.
- Spread To around Clumping to around .5 metres.
- Growth rate – Medium
- Position – Part sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Well drained humus rich with some moisture
- Flowering Time – N/A
- Foliage – Deep green.
- Frost tolerant – No.
- Drought tolerant – No.
Pellaea falcata nana or Dwarf Sickle Fern is available for sale from the following nurseries
1052 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road Kinglake West 3757
Offering a specialist variety of Australian native Ferns plus Dendrobium/Dockrillia & Sarcochilus species & hybrids in pots, loose, or mounted. Species Cymbidium sauve and maddidum.