Description from The Gardeners Market
Mother Fern (Asplenium bulbiferum) is a popular fern species that is native to New Zealand and eastern Australia. It is also commonly known as the Hen and Chicken Fern or the Bulbiferous Fern.
The Mother Fern has a distinctive appearance with long, arching fronds that can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) long. The fronds are bright green and have a delicate, lacy texture. The fern also produces small plantlets, called bulbils, along the fronds that can eventually develop into new ferns.
The Mother Fern prefers moist, well-draining soil and partial shade to filtered sunlight. It is relatively low-maintenance and can be grown both indoors and outdoors in suitable climates. The fern is often used as a decorative houseplant or as a foliage plant in shaded gardens. It is also considered to be non-toxic to pets, making it a safe choice for homes with cats or dogs.
Here are some care tips for Mother Fern:
Light: Mother Ferns prefer bright, indirect light, but can tolerate lower light conditions.
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water from the bottom of the pot to prevent water from getting on the leaves, which can cause fungal growth.
Humidity: Mother Ferns prefer high humidity levels. Mist the leaves with water regularly or place the plant on a tray of pebbles filled with water.
Temperature: Mother Ferns prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid placing them in areas with cold drafts.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with good water retention.
Fertilizer: Fertilize with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.
Pruning: Remove any yellow or dead fronds to keep the plant healthy and looking its best.