Table Fern Polypodiaceae - Pteris Cretica Plant.

What You Need to Know About the Table Fern Polypodiaceae – Pteris Cretica Plant

A neat, small plant that forms a clump of fronds from a short underground rhizome, the table fern or Cretan brake is found in tropical and subtropical regions. Each frond has i slender stalk of 8—10 in. (20—25 cm) long, arching pinnae that can be striped, variegated, or plain, according to variety, and carried singly or in forked pairs. Pc. Albolineata has leaf segments with a broad white stripe. Pc. ‘Parkeri’ is larger, with glossy fronds and finely toothed leaflets.

Size: Height 1 ft. (30 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight or warm, par­tial shade (not deep shade).

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist.

Feeding: Give half-strength liquid fertilizer once a month from spring until fall.

Propagation: Divide larger plants in spring, or sow spores.

Special needs: Cut out older fronds as they fade to make room for new ones. In higher temperatures, increase the humidity by placing the pot on a tray of moist pebbles.