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Phlebodium aureum areolatum

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Previously listed as P. aureum. A striking fern with large, coarsely cut glaucous bluish grey fronds. Likes to grow in a shallow pot, where its hairy rhizomes will eventually creep over the edge.

Great for a shady corner or bathroom. The bluish appearance on the fronds is due to a light layer or epicuticular wax. This can burn off if the plant gets too much sun so keep away from direct sun. This fern also likes reasonable humidity and is well suited to being grown in a bathroom.

Common Name: Blue Bearís Paw
Plant Family: Polypodiaceae
Plant Type: Half-Hardy Fern
POT SIZE/QUANTITY
9 cm
RHS Award of Garden Merit
Yes
Season of Interest
All year round
Sun or Shade
Part Shade to Full Shade
Height
low (up to 3 feet)
Minimum temperature
Frost tender (plus 1 to 5 deg. C.)
Position/Situation
Shady spot indoors/under glass
Suggested Use
Houseplant
Leaf Colour
Blue
Habit/Shape
Spreading
Evergreen
Yes
Tender Ferns

Growing ferns indoors requires a bit of knowledge about their requirements. They prefer cool humid conditions so are ideal for a bathroom or kitchen, away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators. They do like moist compost, but definitely not soggy, so grow in free-draining peat or peat-free compost, with added grit, or bark if you can get it. In other words, a moisture retentive but free draining mix. Never put straight into a large pot, many ferns prefer a shallow rather than a deep pot. Pot up gradually to the next size (maximum 2 inches wider in diameter), and wait for the plant to make a full root-ball before potting on again. This may take months so don’t rush it. Always plant into a pot with drainage holes so you can allow any excess water to drain away if you do accidentally over water it. If desired this can then be stood in a more decorative outer pot with some pebbles in the bottom. Do not allow the compost to become either excessively wet or dry.

Pot Sizes

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.

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Delivery Info
Region Order Value Carriage Charge Carrier Service Estimated Delivery from placing your order
UK (excluding N. Ireland) Hardy perennials bare rooted and 9 cm pots - up to 20 kg £6 - 8.50 Courier 2 - 5 days Up to 18 days
UK (excluding N. Ireland) Light weight small parcel up to 2 kg (up to 5 plants in 9 cm pots) £6 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 15 days
UK Mainland Orders over 2 kg £9.50 Courier 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 15 days
Seeds & Cuttings only All orders £2 Royal Mail 1st Class Within 1 week

Local Delivery: Postcodes IP1 to IP8 & CO10

Orders over £35 FREE Our vehicles Within 1 week

Collect from Nursery (IP7 6LZ)

All orders FREE  

1-3 days (we will contact you)

Scottish Highlands
& Isle of Wight

Orders over 2 kg 

£10 - £20** Courier 2-5 working days (tracked)

Up to 18 days

Scottish Offshore Islands

Orders over 2 kg

£10 - £25** Courier 2-5 working days (tracked)

Up to 18 days

 

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